Did you ever visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City? It’s so popular that people often buy an annual membership and make multiple trips to see it. This includes people who live far from the city, but who are willing to travel. They just love the experience of moving through time in the caverns of the museum. They recognize the value of viewing human art in its best forms. Recently, a walk through the halls of time in this national landmark made me think of the connection between Aurea Stone and the Hellenistic period of civilization. It’s just a timeless period that was very dedicated to decorations composed of marble, and that tradition has never gone out of style.
The Time of Alexander the Great
There was a period beginning in 336 B.C. that Alexander the Great inherited the Macedonian throne from his father, Philip II. He was the first to become the undisputed monarch of Greece. Alexander was famous for taking his vast military forces as far as Egypt and Central Asia’s Indus Valley. His fate was to die in Babylon and all of his acquired lands were then allocated to his generals. Alexander the Great lives on in the popular imagination as a great conqueror.
Having walked along the showcases of human achievement at the Met, I began to think about how consumers might change their kitchen to achieve a timeless look that Alexander could envy. Thinking back to the human statues that dominated in the Hellenistic Age, they were tall and healthy people with plenty of curves and broad smiles on their faces. They often had numerous adornments on their bodies. Their forms included exquisite details in terms of draped costumes, which were carefully built on pedestals or other sturdy bases. Even as the years chipped away at their hard exteriors, the Hellenistic statues survived through time. They looked stately in those ancient times and continue to in the present era. Their timeless beauty never ceases to impress.
The Greeks Had It Right
We live in a time that is more than two millennia after Alexander’s death. The fall of the Greeks faded into memory, but we recall the grandeur of that era. You might want a piece of it in your own home. You can visit a museum like the Met and stand in awe of how amazing Hellenistic sculptors were. What has changed is that consumers can now harness beautiful works of stone without commissioning a sculptor to work for years on a single piece. You can work with an American manufacturer of fine stone products. It’s easy to source reasonably priced engineered stone materials for finishing your kitchen and other rooms in your home or building.
The Cost Factor
What has also changed is that consumers of almost any means can have the finest looks without paying too much. You don’t have to save for years, for example, to redo your kitchen with classical elements. You can trust Aurea Stone to produce the finest engineered pieces for kitchen floors or perhaps to cover your countertops.
Coming Full Circle
I simply must return to the Met to delve deeper into the Hellenistic works of art. Ten visits would not be enough to soak in all of the artistic elements that could be useful in redecorating my home. While I wasn’t fortunate enough to walk in the footsteps of Philip or his son, Alexander, I can respect how their society influenced the present. I can desire the look of marble for my kitchen but choose engineered stone that is manufactured to be stronger and to fool the human eye.
For more information about getting a natural stone look for your kitchen, check out the gallery of Aurea Stone.