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Does art imitate life? The new glass sculptures recently erected at Allegheny College certainly do. I read The Meadville Tribune articles with interest as the construction phases were described.
I even accepted the artist's invitation to not only see but to go up and touch these seven glass-and-metal sculptures. On a cold and bright October afternoon, my son Michael and I parked on the steep upper section of Highland Avenue and traversed the brick pavers that connect Highland Avenue and North Main Street. As we walked past the white, windowed tents that gave shelter to the Allegheny alumni during a ceremony for the new art, we came to Seniors Circle where these seven magnificent structures stood.
All of the sculptures are made of half-inch glass plates with holes bored into them and a metal "backbone" used as a support, as these many pieces of glass are stacked one upon another. All of these metal supports point straight up and are perpendicular to the ground, except one that is oriented at a 45-degree angle.
These seven sculptures were built in two groups of three with the sculpture oriented at 45 degrees standing alone. My artistic impression of these sculptures immediately have detected an enemy attacking from the rear. All three of these "soldiers" are turned together in the same direction in full rotation, frozen in time and waiting to pull their swords from side-mounted scabbards.
The second grouping of three sculptures have irregular edges and one can imagine the shoulder and arm movements of a Harlem Globetrotters basketball player as he rolls the ball from one fingertip across his shoulders to his other hand.
The sculpture standing alone can be compared to a person buried to the waist in sand and bending forward far enough to place his or her hands on the ground.
It was interesting to see these similarities to the human form, but I could not help to think of some very fundamental differences between these non-living structures and the living body.In fact, there has been some discussion concerning the glass pieces that have cracked on the sculpture that is oriented at a 45-degree angle. Perhaps that most popular theory is that glass pieces were placed above them. I will leave that discussion to the engineers and artist who will fix and repair the problem.
If these cracks had occurred in the living body (we would call them cuts), the living body would be working right away to correct this problem, just as the engineers and artists are correcting the sculptures. Scientists theorize that there are more than 15 specific and distinct chemical reactions that take place in the clotting cascade needed to stop a person from bleeding once the body is cut. All of these chemical reactions happen innately, without help from our educated brain.
The living body has an innate intelligence that is always on the job - a 24/7 doctor within. The chiropractic meaning of life is to express this intelligence through matter. The nerve system carries the nerve impulses that choreograph these chemical reactions. Spinal subluxation or misalignment interferes with the body's ability to operate at 100 percent movement of the human spine. When you combine lumbar flexion and lumbar rotation, as in snow shoveling, you are in an especially dangerous position. If at all possible, shovel snow straight ahead and avoid the rotational part of this activity that keeps us doctors of chiropractic busy during the winter months.
This season, we are seeing patients in our offices who have been raking leaves. This activity also involves lumbar flexion (bending forward) and lumbar rotation. Again, it is better to rake the leaves straight-ahead and limit body rotation while executing this movement.
It is my intention in writing this article to heighten readers' awareness of body mechanics in daily activities of living. There should be a better appreciation of the human body for the masterpiece that it is.
Art does imitate life in these sculptures. Chiropractic improves life in reality - so it makes sense to have your masterpiece examined for spinal subluxations.Back to Articles | Return to Home page