This photo was taken during MUSEP at Guilford College last Sunday. Dougherty's organic installation of sticks twisted into a maze of little rooms creates hours of endless summer fun for children and adults alike. You need to see it to believe it. The mountain of sticks looks different from every angle (see a different view here and here). These girls were running in and out squealing in great delight. Today's title, "Ode to Joy" seemed so appropriate for the moment.
Ode to Joy, is a lyrical verse written by German author/scholar Friedrich Schiller in 1785. He wrote it to celebrate the brotherhood and unity of all mankind- inspired by a friendship he held dear.* We know Ode to Joy best as the final movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, completed in 1824 and used for many purposes since then. The girls, blurry from being in motion and playing tag, remind us that nothing matters more than friendship and the love of family and friends. We hope that your summer, whether you are in Greensboro or beyond, is nothing short of an ode to joy!