What inanimate objects "move" you?

by AlmostAtheist 17 Replies latest jw friends

  • AlmostAtheist

    I don't consider myself an overly emotional person, but Gina and I went to an art museum years ago and I was nearly in tears over something I saw there. It was a statue of an old man carrying a jug. It was made two thousand years ago. Here I was, looking at this man that lived two thousand years ago. He was old, probably a grandfather, maybe a great-grandfather. He was born, had a childhood, married, raised kids. And died. But here he was, frozen in time. An anonymous old man, carved in stone by an anonymous artist.

    I can't put in words what struck me about this work. Gina liked it, but it didn't touch her like it did me. There was a postcard picture of it in the gift shop, but I didn't buy one. It wouldn't have had the "power" of the statue itself, so there was no point for me. I knew then and there that if I had the money I would buy that statue and treasure it forever.

    Are there any objects that moved you like this?


  • LittleToe

    Aye, the callinish stones:

    They are about 16 miles from where I live.

  • franklin J
    franklin J

    statuary of children playing...

  • AlmostAtheist

    LT: I'm not sure I'm getting the sense of scale from the photos, how tall are those stones?

  • scootergirl

    Mine isn't a statute or art...but is an object that I wear everday. It is the wedding band of my late husband. It is something that he touched, he wore. Something that has lots of memories tied to it and a reminder of how precious life is and how I need to live each day to the fullest because I never know when it will end. It is my most prized possession and it would be the one thing that could never be replaced.

  • iiz2cool

    Ice. On many occasions it has quickly moved me to a horizontal position. Two of these moving experiences resulted in my being moved to the ER for knee surgery.


  • Englishman

    No contest!

    ..and it's much bigger than it looks.


  • LittleToe

    Dave:The tallest one is about 13', if I recall correctly.

    Eman:Whilst I like Stonehenge and the bog it sits in, there's something quite remarkable about Callanish and the surrounding views. But then again, I could be biased. This is a "subjective" thread, huh?

  • BrendaCloutier

    I'm usually moved by statues of Buddha (not the fat ones) and Qan Yin. Asian art, especially the delicate ivory carvings are awesome! I've seen some centuries old carvings that look so realistic, including the wrinkles on the hands, the folds and threads of the cloth, and the statue was only 16 inches tall!

    However, when I was a teen, with my parents we visited Mary Hill Museum in the Columbia River Gorge. (Built by the guy, Sam Hill, who built the Peace Arch in Blaine, WA) They have a life-sized painting of a nude woman being oggled by two very handsome men. The concept was taken from Psalms where it speaks of the beauty of a man and the beauty of a woman. They looked like they were standing right there in front of me!

  • Doubtfully Yours
    Doubtfully Yours

    Anything Holocaust-related makes me break down and cry.


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