In an article published on The Australian Newspaper website http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/skywhale-rises-above-the-culture-of-complaint/story-e6frg8n6-1226643360954, Robyn Archer, creative director of Centenary of Canberra, stated...
"To the dwindling few who reveal so little capacity to rise above the parochial, politicised, media-driven culture of complaint, I encourage them to get out and see the Skywhale next time it appears, and try to recover the precious power of imagination that allows wonder and curiosity into our lives."
Ms. Archer, my precious power of imagination is very well defined and nurtured. I have a natural curiosity for many varied and wonderful subjects. Art will always have the special ability to unite or divide people. I am enjoying my dislike of the birthday boob turtle. It has provided me with many enjoyable conversations, with both supporters and detractors.
If the balloon was revealed purely as a work of art, my powerful imagination would have been churning with wonder. It is a remarkable object, but to mark a cities 100th birthday, it's odd.
I stated in my previous rant about the Skywhale http://damo9876.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/is-it-bird-is-it-plane-no-its-just.html?m=0 that my concerns were due to the relevance of it for Canberra's centenary celebrations, and the fact that the Canberra public do not own it.
Archer says "When I suggested this medium to Patricia Piccinini, it came simply from my observation that Canberrans love hot air balloons... The connections to Canberra and its centenary year are obvious."
No, Robyn Archer, they are not. If they were, an "explanation" would not be required.
The article goes on to quote artist Patricia Piccinini - "Life came from the sea and morphed into hoofed creatures: some went back to the deep oceans, and adapted, like the whale mammal, to those conditions. What might have evolved had they taken to the air instead and adapted there?"
Oh, that's the Canberra connection...??? What an odd assertion.
Archer continues "The achievement is monumental: something new in hot-air balloon technology... challenging in design, manufacture and contractual complexities. This doesn't oblige everyone to like it, though hundreds of thousands do."
So we are not obliged to like the birthday boob turtle, but we need to recover our precious power of imagination...???
“The public was goaded to treat this new work of art as if it were part of a beauty or popularity contest,” she said. “This raises serious questions for those who champion the arts: when did the public start insisting that all art be ‘beautiful’?”
It is beautiful. It is wondrous. It is charming.
But I still don't like it.
I am free to do so, without being labelled as having "little capacity to rise above the parochial, politicised, media-driven culture of complaint."
Some content sourced from: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-centenary/drawn-to-archer-vision-artist-cut-fee-20130516-2joa3.html#ixzz2TVymJoRz