At the Noguchi Museum’s instagram, we saw a quote from Isamu Noguchi that changed our view of sculpture AND reality:
…it is your contact with reality that is the sculptural experience…
It accompanied photographs of blind art students who toured the Museum with the sculptor in 1987, and were encouraged to touch the work. They are a revelation, beyond their tender beauty.
They made us wish we could interact physically with sculptures —and reality — in that way.
The images imparted the idea of exploring, examining, interacting more intimately and lovingly with things around us: that is, to engage more deeply…
We realized that even if that engagement isn’t physically tactile, imagining volume, weight, texture, feeling, expands our awareness of the spaces we inhabit.
Perhaps that kind of engagement moves toward what Noguchi meant by contact with reality that is the sculptural experience.