Denver Art Musueum

Denver Art Museum

We definitely felt rushed. It simply wasn’t possible for us to adequately cover the entire 356,000-square foot Denver Art Museum in the scant two hours allowed by our parking meter. In the time we had, we did manage to cover enough ground to appreciate DAM’s high quality collection and fabulously arranged display areas.

Here are just a few of the things that caught my fancy as we whizzed past:

Hayagriva Sand Mandala
Hayagriva Sand Mandal, Denver Art Museum

Tiny grains of colorful sand are carefully arranged in elaborate patterns to form sand mandalas. The extremely delicate work is used in Hinduism and Buddhism to support meditation. This particular Hayagriva Sand Mandala was created by Tibetan monks.

Hanuman, Denver Art Museum

A wooden processional figure of Hanuman; a Hindu monkey general and deity. How cool is that: Monkey General?

Fox Games
Fox Games, Denver Art Museum

I can’t claim to have much insight into Sandy Skoglund’s Fox Games; but they’re foxes, playing games in a red restaurant. What’s to understand?

The Denver Post described it as “a nonstop, eye-popping knockout.” I agree. There is something really, really interesting about the display. It’s almost as cool as monkey generals – almost.

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9 Comments on “Denver Art Musueum”

  1. Kristina December 2, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Amazing, Love things like that! That sand mandala is absolutely beautiful! 🙂


    • Brian December 2, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

      It’s pretty crazy to see. Even up close it’s hard to tell it’s made completely from colored sand. They had a photograph showing the monks assembling it with tweezers and wearing masks so that their breathing didn’t disturb the sand grains.


  2. earthriderjudyberman December 2, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

    Love the fox games. What’s with the skulls piece? Thanks for sharing.


    • Brian December 2, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

      I honestly missed the tag describing the skull fresco, so I don’t know anything about it. I just think it looks cool.


  3. wapitisriversedge December 4, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    I too like the skull picture. It reminds me of the ancients looking forward to us, as we look back at them. From where we came to where we will go.


    • Brian December 4, 2011 at 11:04 am #

      Nice interpretation. I like it.


  4. Tribble Wife December 4, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    Thank you for stopping by and reading! I love history, pets and learning about other countries, so I hope you don’t object to my follow 🙂



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