The food I sampled was very good, and it was nice to see such a variety of food and farm vendors in one location. Gaia Gardens is indeed a lovely spot. $45 is a bit steep for non-wine drinkers like me, but then again it was a fundraiser. The rain and drizzle did not keep the crowd away. I took photos which you can view here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jramspott/set…
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Eric, you are missing the point entirely. 1) Most of us question whether Dean and the crazed clergy represent this neighborhood at all. Their commentary is sheer madness. 2) The anger is over the destruction of a piece of art, not the fact they didn't like it. An artist, who came from France, worked for over a month on that piece.
There is a lot of art I don't like or understand, but I don't destroy it. Even the worst art is pleasing compared to the average stupid billboards I see every day. Folks are entitled to their opinion and expressing it. And if in the future they want to be excluded from Living Walls projects so that they can put up whatever art they want or don't want, that is fine too. A little sad, but fine.
Living Walls and other similar groups are putting on CITY WIDE projects. They aren't just picking a neighborhood at random and trying to spruce it up for their own good. These murals went up all over the place, from ritzy midtown neighborhoods to the poorer ones.
I don't think anyone here questions anyone's ability to feed their dogs or have opinions about art. Aren't we all just supposed to be Atlantans? Why does every freaking block have to be its own mini city with its own rulers? If that is what people really want, how can anything ever be done here on a city wide basis?
The primary rule of art is to create something from your own soul and heart. It is nearly impossible to create a meaningful work of art that would appease everyone. You minute you try to cater to what you think a target group's tastes are, that is the beginning of failure. You can never achieve consensus on art. Given that, does that mean public art should not be pursued here in Atlanta? That southerners are just too ignorant to handle it? Or do we arrest people like Dean who destroy art just to raise their own profiles? Who do people like Dean and the insane clergy posse really represent, if anyone?
Once again, I call on CL and/or AJC to have a poll of this neighborhood/community to find out what the real opinion is on this art work, and whether or not they want to be included in city wide public art projects. But then again, what percentage of people have to support it to move forward? 60%? 90%? What is enough?
Every day on the news somebody is reporting on a poll about something. Has anyone polled or surveyed the actual residents of Pittsburgh? That would be of value I think. Because so far, this just sounds like the usual grandstanding by opportunistic politicians and crazed clergymen wanting air time. If the majority of folks in this neighborhood that have issues with vacant homes, drugs and squatters are genuinely not wanting public art, then the City of Atlanta (and Living Walls) can stop planning art there. But folks are correct in that the piece there now should be protected. The mentally imbalanced clergy calling this Satanic is reminiscent of preachers chastising young people and their "rock and roll". I find it hard to believe the entire community is on the side of the nut jobs, but anything is possible. By definition, any art work of substance that has anything to say at all will not be liked by everybody. Getting approval on a given mural by everyone is not possible. Who has to approve then? Everybody who lives within 5 miles of it? What about commuters that drive past it? Bear in mind what limited funds the OCA and Living Walls is working with here. This is NOT big government coming in - it is a very small and dedicated group of artists and people supporting those artists.
A few photos from day one of Music Midtown, which look pretty good considering they were taken with the little Canon G1X http://bit.ly/Seao3U
There is nothing wrong with the Georgia Dome. It is in excellent shape. It is not even 20 years old yet. How old is Reed? He is acting like a child who was born after the Dome was built. The city of Atlanta has a lot of needs, but it does not need to be spending city money on a new stadium. Not yet. Maybe after the Falcons win a super bowl or two, which I don't see happening any time soon.
I love this idea of highlighting photography from all over. I had seen the World Press Photos already, but most people have not. And the others ones were interesting too. I encourage CL to do this on a routine/weekly basis. Thanks!
Photos of the opening reception Friday night can be seen here: http://bit.ly/n1AgrA
The Artist is Stephanie Anderson.
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