Thursday, March 26, 2009

Public sculpture

There is not one single piece of public art in Whitianga my closest town. I intend to change that but it means meeting with the towns' philistines which I hate with a passion. I get sick and tired of defending art and of showing that artists are real people with real jobs. Maybe I should just drop my large vortex into the middle of the main street to reiterate that art is unavoidable. Our region has a long history of the arts but I think the pursuit of money has got in the way and the art community is regarded as sandal wearing curiosities.
So I will have to be underhanded and resort to such things as competition. Paeroa, a town as big as, but lesser in stature than Whitianga is having a large stone sculpture carved by friend Jocelyn Pratt and it was amazing to see the change in facial expressions when this was mentioned.
I know I am getting into a fight which I don't want or need but one has to keep battering at the wall till maybe one small crack might appear.

8 comments:

Shubhajit said...

Artists are always been neglected from time immemorial.The fact is artists can see those things, which the normal people cannot. It may be price of that extra supremacy that true artists have to pay.

chook said...

It maybe the time for artists because the old economic way is not working so we need a new vision for the future.
It's a pity I have become a sailor!

L.M.Noonan said...

I'll be reading with interest. Good luck Chook

chook said...

Hi LM, I hope I don't need luck, probably patience, persistence and platitudes!

BBC said...

Fuck art, go camping or boating.

chook said...

Or do all!

BoneFarm said...

Good luck in battle chook!
I just want to tell you that I came here to ck out your site&write, and what did bite... were those vortexs (vorti is the plural?). You Chook, are the King Of The Vorti... Vortex Chook, King of the wild and free. Love em!
BoneFarm

chook said...

Bonefarm....proud to have you on board. Love your musings. Did you know I used to be an accountant with a white collar and a grey toyota but I passed through my vortex and now I'm a full circle rainbow rolling thru a vivid life. Want a turn? Na I don't think you need it, you are crazy enuf!