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From Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good by William Cheng

Subjects
  • Music
  • Disability Studies
Citable Link
  • Figure 1.2. A sculpture called Hope and Confidence in one of the waiting rooms at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Placed here in 1991, it was created by the American sculptor and plastic surgeon Dr. Burt Brent as a gift for his mentor Dr. Radford C. Tanzer. Do you see two hands of a single person, clenched together pleadingly and hopefully? Or do you see the respective hands of two people (say, patient and doctor) coming together in a gesture of care and outreach? This sculpture, bronze in hue and standing about two feet tall, shows a pair of hands clasped tightly together. The hands are textured with subtle indentations and curves, representing the wrinkles (and wear-and-tear) of the human body.