I visited the Capitol on February 1, 2017, to begin my English project. When I first arrived at the site I had no idea of what to focus on. Regardless, I began my exploration of the building. As I wondered around the halls, I began to get so much anxiety due to how densely packed the building was. Although this made me feel extremely uncomfortable, it did ultimately lead to the main detail of my focused built environment description: the people.
The first room I ventured into was one of the wings of the Capitol, which was, as you could have guessed, very crowded. Of course, this was where I encountered the majority of the people mentioned in my other post. To begin, I started by looking at the paintings hung on the walls. It was then, that I saw a class of students gathered in a hallway looking at other paintings. On a more personal level, observing the students brought memories back to me of when I was younger and went on field trips to explore similar sites. After I was done reminiscing, I then began to notice that there was a lot of military personnel present. In order to preserve my observations of their character I then began to jot down notes, which would come in handy later.
From there, I hesitantly walked up the marble stairs to the second floor where I believe a session of the Georgia General Assembly was being held. As you may have guessed, this is where I made the majority of my observations about the category of people that I categorized as politicians or people who were there for an official purpose. Overall, I felt a great deal of intimidation from observing those individuals, because there was a clear distinction between me, a visitor, and the people who were working at that time.
Next, I decided to observe the other wing of the building where there was a college fair being conducted. (From observing this event I recognized that the Capitol’s top priority was the people and meeting their needs.) Further, another event that I witnessed was “Music Day at the Capital”. At this event, I was able to meet all types of people that were gathered under the dome of the Capitol to celebrate their shared interest in music. At one point in the ceremony, I couldn’t help but look up at the paintings of the founding fathers hung above the crowd. I may be speaking out of terms, but I think the founding fathers would be proud to see the people uniting to promote something that they believed in, much like the founding fathers did in the past.
In sum, my experience at the Capital was about recognizing the importance of the people, both past and present, to fully understand the built environment. Being surround by so many people, created an energy that I have never experienced. More specifically, it created a sense of pride for my state as well as my fellow Georgians. Furthermore, visiting this space made the government feel less intimidating by being able to see the people behind the process. Overall, I really enjoyed my experience at Capitol, because it allowed me to appreciate the people of the Capitol as well as my fellow Georgians.
My View as I Entered the Capitol
Politicians Gathered on the Second Floor
(If you look closely you can see the screens on the wall which are broadcasting the session being conducted.)
Room Under Dome Where “Music Day at the Capitol” was being Held
(The paintings of the founding fathers are also observable in this picture.)
(The link provided is a video of Third Day performing at the Capitol.)