Pharos-Tribune

Opinion

October 21, 2012

Public forum

Community illustrates support for carousel

Thank you to all who may have donated, no matter how large or small, at our roadblock on Oct. 13 and 14.  It was successful with us collecting a little over $2,000 that will be used to keep our Carousel beautiful. I want to thank all the volunteers who took the time to help take up the collections, also. I am pleased to say that the people of Cass County are very supportive.  The Cass County Dentzel Carousel is a piece of history for our city that, with the support of our community, should be around for future generations to enjoy and make lasting memories.   

Susan Hicks, office manager, Cass County Carousel

 

Leave the art to the artists

It is not surprising that there is some controversy concerning the new sculpture depicting blades of grass at the Fourth Street trail. I imagine that most public art installations suffer the same treatment. I hope that a bit of uninformed ruckus does not discourage future art in Logansport.

The blades of grass sculpture is more representational than abstract, but people still insist on “interpreting” it. Contrary to popular belief, abstract art does not have a secret message or meaning. Abstract art is about art, not life. It is about color and shape and your own response to that. Abstract art is a blank slate. Viewers bring their own interpretation.

Art should be left to the professionals. This would be artists. Fortunately, city planners wisely turn to artists for help with matters concerning art. Art should not be dumbed down for those who are ignorant about art. We would be surrounded by Mickey Mouse and Barbie sculptures, and more monuments to sports heroes.

As an artist, I am always heartened to see a fellow artist get paid.

I just sold two paintings at the recent art and music event at The People’s Winery. But artists getting paid to make art is the exception. We don’t make art for the money. That is both a joke and a dream. Where do you think the term, “starving artist” came from?

All of the artists I know personally are working a full-time day job. Artists make art because they want to, and need to. They love it and it makes them happy.

Artists leave behind beauty in the world. We artists are not a secret society with a secret mission. Quit trying to find secret messages in the beauty we create for you. If you can’t see it, trust us.

Greg Hildebrandt, Winamac

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