This is an image of a stone featured with a statue of Robert Woodruff. The inscription states Robert Woodruff’s purpose for creating the Arts Center was he recognized the arts are essential to community life. The stone also provides information about Woodruff’s credentials as a renowned industrialist and civic leader. This information provokes me to research what Woodruff has specifically done to improve his community in terms of industry and civics.
At the Woodruff Arts Center/High Museum of Art, the architecture appears to be inviting of its surrounding community (big open windows, bright friendly colors), however there are also features that seem to be a method of exclusion. For instance, as shown in the image above the benches at the center have bars that would prevent the homeless from sleeping, an example of discrimination featured in Schindler’s article Architectural Exclusion: Discrimination and Segregation Through Physical Design of the Built Environment. In addition to barred benches, the center also has locks on trashcans designed to exclude the homeless.