Often some of the most interesting things are right in your backyard.
I enjoy art and often drive to a city or town to see an exhibit. Yet within a few feet of where I work every day there is a work of art I never really noticed until recently. As you are walking on our central campus you can see water be sprayed up in a large arc and hear it splashing down in a pool.
It appears to have a large silver hula hoop over the top of a sculpture.
But when you are standing next to the fountain and look behind you, you see another similar sculpture on a small rise.
The work is made up of two pools of water and two sculptures. They are connected by a little stream of water that goes under the sidewalk. The first sculpture is made up of three college students.
One of the students is an older man -- a non-traditional college student.
One is a young man with a guitar.
And a young woman who is pregnant.
The water flows from the three college students to the larger pool and you see them a few years later on in life.
The young woman has a baby (and the child is holding a doll).
The older nontraditional student is dressed in a suit and looking at his watch.
And the young man is now holding his guitar out and it appears he is a rock star. Or maybe a local performer. Or maybe a teacher.
After working at this college for six years, this is the first time I really stopped and studied this very nice work. And it is only a few steps from my office.
Some times the best things are right in your backyard. Or closer.