I'm musing about art in its many forms tonight. This morning when I started scrolling through Facebook updates I saw a picture of a sculpture that had been vandalized, and it's been bothering me all day. Venus de Cello, which I first saw when it was part of Castlegar's Sculpture Walk in 2011, is carved in granite. It managed to survive unscathed being on display in Castlegar for over a year. This year it got moved to Nelson and became the second sculpture to get knocked over there in the last couple of months.
Peter Vogelaar, who created the piece, is famous in sand sculpting circles. He and his partners have won competitions all over the world. But he doesn't only sculpt sand; he works in other mediums as well.
I'm borrowing the picture from CSW's website. I'm sure I have one of my own, but I can't locate it at the moment. I do have a few pictures, taken this summer, of Peter working on a sand sculpture for display in this year's Sculpture Walk. Ted and I took our grandson, Kyran, to see the sculptures in progress, an absolutely fascinating thing to watch if you ever get the chance. Peter took time out to show Kyran a thing or two about how he works with the sand.
|The theme this year was fairy tales. Peter did an interpretation of The Frog Prince.|
|Peter showing Kyran the nifty little device he has that allows him to make convex shapes|
|Detail of a face Peter sculpted|
I guess I'm upset because when someone's art is devalued, everyone's is. Someone on one of the comment streams about the vandalism said that art is a waste of time and money. Someone else said Venus de Cello is "sexist art" because it suggested a woman was an instrument, which begs the question, how about looking at it as an homage to a beautiful form interpreted as a beautiful instrument? And I guess I'm sad because there are people who won't or can't take the time to consider someone else's rendering of the world around us.