Whaleoil’s analysis of the proposed expensive dividing curtain at the Devonport library is never going to be kind. Read about it here.
However, as usual, attempts at beautifying Auckland are getting trashed by the angry ratepayers and Len Brown detractors.
What is public art for? It’s for the public to look at and to form an opinion about something that’s not National, Labour, or rugby.
The only way some ratepayers interact with anything of a cultural ilk is to sling mud at it. Oh well, at least they’re being forced to have an opinion.
Part of accepting contemporary art practices is to realise that hatred and aversion to modern art form a huge part of that very practice.
Art awards and exhibitions like the Walters Prize each year draw derision and scorn from a public who still believe in the Monet exhibition of 1983.
That era has long gone. Art now demands more than a quick whip round the gallery and a souvenir mug at the end.
I do not think Auckland needs a $100,000 shower curtain. But Auckland does need an arts expenditure budget if we are ever going to move beyond a rugby and yachting ‘culture.’
Imagine the foot traffic for Devonport if this goes ahead.
It’s kind of worked, hasn’t it.