This past weekend I went to Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. I don't do roller coasters because I don't like throwing up and crying -- both of which would happen if I rode one. Because I don't ride the rides, I had time to look around and take photos. I was struck by how the park planners at Six Flags used art as design to set the mood.
So here are five photos that I think showcase how much art defines our environment:
There is nothing functional about the flames on top of that ride. They're purely an artful addition. And, of course, look how both the sign and the statue set a mood for what to expect.
This elephant bowl container thing was right outside an animal preserve area. It definitely sets the mood.
Can a lake be art? I don't know, but it can definitely be design. It's non-functional and clearly man-made, so why bother? Because it allows you to see the beauty of that wooden roller coaster. None of the metal coasters had this kind of landscaping -- or such a clear view of the entire structure. The metal rides are lovely in their own way, but a wooden roller coaster really is a gorgeous thing, isn't it? The lake makes that very busy and cluttered structure look clean and airy.
Both of these monumental structures -- the skull and the lion -- are meant to transport you to another place. And they do! Without even thinking about it, you take in the signals: old or ancient feeling, primitive, from another place, etc. These images set the tone.
I hope you're looking at art wherever you may be! It really is all around us! Just keep your eyes open!
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