Posted: Mar 9, 2008 6:40 pm
i'm not pro-recycling anti plastic hippie by any means
If being pro-recycling makes me a hippie, well then, I'll proudly be a hippie.
I love public art and I'm so grateful that Memphis does have it. The Urban Arts Commission
has done amazing things for this city and for local artists over the last ten years, from sculptures in parks to murals in schools. Check out their site. I think most here would agree their efforts has done nothing but help the city.
Tad Lauritzen Wright
is the artist and I'm a big fan of his work.
I'm not, however, crazy about the tree piece. The bands brings attention to the trees, which to me is a good thing because our trees differenciate us from other cities. To point out that which we often take for granted or overlook can be done so well through the visual arts - like a big arrow saying "look". But the irony of wrapping these natural treasures in vinyl that will live in a landfill for the next thousand years makes the piece unsettling for me. Maybe that's the point, I don't know. Is it suppose to be ironic? Again, I don't know. Aesthetically, I get it; environmentally, I don't.
I did email the UAC about whether the plastic is biodegradable and shared my concern about the potential of people tearing the bands off and littering. They did not say whether it is biodegradable, so I am going to assume it's not. They did say that Tad is going to go around daily and pick up any pieces that might get torn off. Surprisingly, I havent' seen any yet, so that's good. Oh, it's going to be up until the end of May.
As far as someone's four year old or a monkey doing it, the point is they didn't. Duchamp put a urinal on a pedistal and called it art around a hundred years ago. Picasso to Pollack to Basquiat - basically a century of abstract painting has always been accused of being so simple minded that a retarded elephant could do it. Oh and then there's Warhol stacking laundry boxes and Donald Judd just putting a plain old box in a room. On and on it goes... To say you don't like it because it's not your cup of tea, well then fine; but to say it's bad because it's so easy, then you try it.