Friday, 21 September 2012

what is art?

i know, its one of those questions.  it has been one that weighs on my mind, usually just before bed.  and obviously, right when i wake up.

remember this whole thing?

Elderly woman destroys 19th-century fresco with DIY restoration
Ecce Homo by 19th-century painter Elías García Martínez on the walls of the church of Santuario de Misericordia Photo:

well ... now this is happening:

Elderly woman who botched religious fresco demands royalties

The elderly Spanish woman who ruined a religious fresco with her botched restoration is now demanding royalties from her work after it became an unlikely tourist attraction.

i don't want to sound pious, but doesn't this situation really give us an opportunity to explore the age old question?  i think it would be fun if someone asked this in a debate ... what is the right course of action here?  its one of those things that people like president's should be able to weigh in on right?

i mean, i know that art is one of those things that people want to throw out the window when times are tough, but what i see is people expressing themselves in art and beautifying their homes, gardens, and communities.  to me, seems like an amazing thing we could do ... employ veterans and all others wanting to work to improve our communities through all the skills they have.  i say, bring all of your talents ... let's see what you are good at and give you a chance to reach your optimum, as we collectively reach OURS.

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