Freer | Sackler Gallery Poster

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In DC, there are a lot of museums to wander through with photographs, sculptures, paintings, you name it. The beauty of it is most of them are free .99 to get into. Since I was young I've explored almost all of them and they have become a staple for natives and tourists. When my professor asked us to choose one to create a poster for I didn't know where to begin.

My first choice was the Natural History Museum. It's one of my favorites and one of the go-to museums for kids. It features animals from the sea, savannah, tundra and other places so the sculptures are amazing. My favorite part is the underwater section because they have a huge whale that is suspended over the entire section. I wanted to find a way to incorporate the whale with the jellyfish sculptures they have but I couldn't get the composition right. Instead of frustrating myself to death I scrapped the idea and tried to think of something else.

My next thought was the Freer/Sackler Gallery. They feature a lot of Asian art with such a soothing and tranquil atmosphere. With Thai New Year right around the corner, I wanted to create a poster showcasing their many Buddha sculptures. The examples we were shown for the posters were very simplistic and geometric so I knew I wanted simple shapes that would stand out. I found a great line drawing of a Buddha that had basic outlines without adding too much detail. The colors I chose are also important to Asian and Buddhist cultures.

Red - A staple in Asian cultures. Most people know of the red envelopes given out on holidays that symbolize good luck.

Gold - In my culture, gold is everywhere. All of my traditional jewelry is gold and all of the old artifacts my grandmother has is gold. One of the things we participate in on New Year is to cover a Buddha sculpture with gold leaf.

Orange - This orange is the robe color of Thai monks. Not all countries have the same color robes though. I visited a Cambodian temple and their robes are maroon.

This project became very dear to me as I finished it since it's so linked to my family. I'm thinking of replacing the text with a Thai phrase to give to my grandmother. I'm not sure what phrase I'd use so I'll have to do some research.

What is one of your favorite aspects of your culture?