[A little jag here from the traditional discussion of local politics. We would like you to comment on this topic for a bit. We will continue onto the more traditional topics tomorrow, and you can continue ranting there.]
Take a look at these sculptures.
These are all pretty fantastic, no?
Some are scary/disturbing in the nightmare sense, but few would deny that the effort and expertise in them is beautiful and inspiring.
Oh and by the way, when these sand sculptures are produced, how many of them are “modern” art? How many do you see here that are giant triangles or squares laced together to represent “”man’s drive towards disgruntlism” or some such?
Zero? Or if that IS what they represent, that is almost secondary to the beauty and skill of the craft.
And here’s another question: How much were these artists paid for their work?
Less than zero more likely — they probably had to pay for their own equipment and everything else.
Our guess is that this is a hobby. Oh maybe there was a prize at the end, but not everyone could get the prize.
And maybe for a few these huge projects, there was cash that went into it. But in general, we have a guess that the artists themselves were not paid.
The point being, How much better are these sculptures than some that we see out and about? Better than the “art” for which we often pay thousands and thousands of dollars?
If your city had sculptures like this spread around the public places — a lot of these, not just few — it would be a much more beautiful place, no? Much more interesting? More inspiring? With part of the gist being that if you’re really not into one of the sculptures, there are a bunch of others for your choice of “favorite”.
Hey how many Facebook posts did we see with people standing next to the giant swimmer’s head at Mutual of Omaha?
Just throwing out the concept. And so here are the next questions:
- Can large sculptures like this be done more cheaply than the traditional bronze or marble or whatever expensive traditional mediums?
- Can a sand artist convert their art to easily to a medium that is not nearly as expensive?
- Can such art be potentially created at a much cheaper price — and maybe not be 100 years permanent? Maybe 10 or 20 or 30 years before it has to be replaced with something else that is equally beautiful?
Look, we are no experts of the industry here. This is really just an idea. But think potentially if large-ish sculpture that actually looked like something were ubiquitous around your city. Would that not improve the general area? (Oh, and btw, we aren’t talking about John Doe art — no offense.)
We have no doubt that there are plenty reading this who will tell us that it can’t be done within a reasonable budget. In this day and age we sort of doubt that. And there are always budget issues for city beautification, and this is something that could be a challenge.
So, challenge put out.
Could YOUR city be a region leader on something like this?
A country leader?
(A world leader?)
Could your city be a major innovator in that sort of concept? (Could it potentially bring in lots of revenue?)
We don’t know.
But what we do know is that there are artists out there who do beautiful work, for nothing, and the rain is washing their stuff away.
And they come back the next weekend and do it again.
It would be nice to have some of that still around.