This is a repost from my old blog from a few years bck:
It is always an interesting question to ask, “Is this art?” A recent art display in New York’s Central Park entitled “The Gates” made me raise the question. “Is this Art?”
Here is a brief description from the Artists website:
The 7,500 gates, 16 feet (4,87 meters) tall varying in width from 5 feet 6 inches to 18 feet (1,68 to 5,48 meters) according to the 25 different widths of walkways, on 23 miles (37 kilometers) of walkways in Central Park. Free hanging saffron colored fabric panels, suspended from the horizontal top part of the gates, come down to approximately 7 feet (2,13 meters) above the ground.
Granted, the pictures that you can see of “The Gates” show a visually stunning display throughout Central Park. It is beautiful. But this is the part that gets me . . . the price tag. It cost over $21 Million for the 16 day exhibit. They built it, put it up and let it stay for only 16 DAYS! That breaks down to $1.3 Million a day for the art to be displayed. My first reaction was, “Isn’t there a better way to spend $21 Million?”
However, when you ask a question like that you begin to put a price tag on Art. By putting a price tag on art, you begin to limit it. I think Art by definition ought not to have limits. For Art pushes the human experience emotionally, visually, spiritually, etc. That is what is great about Art.
Isn’t God a bit the same way? The moment you begin to put a label on God is the moment that you begin to limit God? God is limitless by definition. Isn’t God the original artist? Taking a canvas of an entire universe, God spoke and galaxies came into existence. All you have to do is go to space.com to check out some of His best work. God created each and every one of us and thank goodness that He is creative or else we would all look alike and life would be uninteresting.
Go to Psalm 139 and read how God was creative, careful, exciting, nurturing when He created you.
I don’t know what I really think about “The Gates” yet. My mind is not made up yet. On the one hand, it is hard for me to get past the $21 Million price tag and to think how many schools, homes, meals could be purchased for those in need. But on the other hand, I am glad there are people who are crazy, creative and imaginative enough to do a project as grand as setting up 7,000 things in the heart of central park that stretches my imagination.