Casting a long shadow

The sculptures in this case are located in the “marble quarrying” section of the Grohmann Museum’s second floor. I’m not sure why this caught my eye today, because I walk past here all the time. Maybe it’s just a little quieter at the moment. Anyway, the extra long shadow seemed kind of compelling to me, and even a little dramatic.

And here’s a more balanced view. You can see that the shadow on the opposite side of the case isn’t nearly as impressive. Somehow seeing only the one, and looking at it from an angle that isolates it a bit, causes me to assign that shadow significance, making it appear far more important to the gallery space than it actually is. I know that’s silly, but I do notice shadows and how they sometimes seem even more interesting than the things that cast them. (Hmm, now I’m thinking about Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave.” This does not mean I’m an unenlightened prisoner, I hope!)

Also, today I noticed for the first time that the bronze sculptures in that case are set on bases of green marble. How appropriate 🙂

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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5 Responses to Casting a long shadow

  1. paulrwaibel says:

    The shadow looks like a map of Africa and India, at least to me. 🙂

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  2. Those are both pretty amazing!!

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  3. Sally Cissna says:

    Your title, “Casting a Long Shadow” and your statement that sometimes the shadows are more interesting than the things that cast them. It made me think about the place of social media in our lives right now. Some things are pretty insignificant, but when they are cast out onto the net, away from the light (the truth) they loom large. Same with many heroes, it’s may be better not to know too much about them (George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and slaves for example). The shadow on the wall or on our feed makes the person or issue larger than life, or to coin a phrase, it casts a long shadow of a less significant “caster” and gives prominence when it is uncalled for. OR maybe I just have too much time to think!

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    • Well said, Sally. The idea that social media allows insignificant “casters” longer shadows than they deserve seems like an on-target insight to me. So like the cave dwellers we need someone or something to help us break our chains and turn toward to light to see things as they truly are. Even if we might hate them at first for destroying our illusions. (Tall order for that someone . . . )

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