Last week as I toured the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, I was awestruck by the beauty and elegance of the structure designed by internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie. The art inside the museum features more than 400 works by American masters – I found some favorites, indeed! The grounds of the Museum are as much a part of the Crystal Bridges experience as the art. I especially loved the ponds -- art and nature working together to create an extraordinary experience and at no fee to view the permanent art collection.
As I walked about the facility, I was thinking about mastery. I was thinking about architecture and design. I was thinking about the artists who created works of such inspiration. I was thinking of clients wrestling with career transition. I wondered if they ever thought about designing a roadmap or pattern or blueprint for a job that was good and right for them?
Do you have a family member or friend who has built a new home? Did your family member or friend “wing it” regarding the design of their home? Did they tell the general contractor “Go build whatever and that will be fine.” Did they say “Oh it doesn’t matter what kind of house I build for thousands of dollars?” If your friends and family members are like mine, they will have had a hand in each and every plan, idea, door knob, faucet, window, light fixture, change, modification and final decision about the design long before the first nail is pounded. Countless hours are devoted to getting the plans right, working closely with a builder or an architect on redlining prints.
Moshe Safdie’s mind, mastery and genius created something extraordinary that has drawn people from around the world. I was mesmerized.
What will your mind, mastery and genius create for you in your world?