LETTER: Art is supposed to create a buzz
I’ll add a P.S. to Carbondale Trustee Allyn Harvey’s recent column in the PI about the Surls Roundabout Sculpture: “Sewing the Future is a distinctly modern piece of art that will be a source of inspiration for some and consternation for others. That is, it will join the pantheon of public art installations around the world that get people talking.”
Years ago I went to a lecture by artists Christo and Jean Claude, known for their short-term pieces in the out of doors that required years of planning but don’t last very long. Examples are the Gates in Central Park in New York, wrapping the Reichstag in Berlin, putting lily pads around islands near Miami, their current “Over the River” project proposed near Salida, and the “Rifle Curtain” at Rifle Gap, which was torn apart by the wind in about 28 hours. When asked why they would spend years planning a project that would last from hours to a couple months at most, they said that really the most important part of their art was not the fleeting end product. The most important thing was that it created conversation, often controversy, about what art really is, where it belongs, what it does to quality of life, and more. Christo would be tickled about Carbondale. Between the new Art aRound Town sculptures and the upcoming Surls piece, people are talking. I hope lots of people, no matter their opinions, come to the July 7 open house at Town Hall at which James Surls will describe how the piece relates to Carbondale and its environment and will tell about his unique vision. An illustration and description, T-shirts, and the opportunity to donate will also be available at most Carbondale Farmers Markets on Wednesdays. May the level of buzz be audible!
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