Please Don’t Climb The Art—If We Don’t Respect Ourselves, Our Political & Corporate Leaders Will Just Go On Abusing Us
Above is a picture I took a few days ago of a piece of public art at Discovery Green Park in Downtown Houston.
You see in front of the sculpture a sign telling people not to climb the art.
I’m not sure why I was a little bit surprised. People are always doing dumb things they should not be doing.
The problem of people climbing the art in Discovery Green is such that the park website also asks people not to climb the art.
The sculpture above is called Monument Au Fantome.
Here is some of what the Discovery Green website says about this work—
“The large free-form red-white-blue sculpture on Avenida de las Americas is the park’s most well-known artwork and one of Houston’s great treasures. Its title means “Monument to the Phantom” or imaginary city in French. There are seven individual forms that represent different features of this city, including a church, hedge, chimney, dog, phantom, tree and mast. The sculpture is by Jean Dubuffet, an internationally-known 20th century French sculptor who passed away in 1985 (two years after the sculpture was completed).”
When we don’t treat our shared public assets with respect and when we don’t treat each other with respect, why are we surprised when we are routinely abused by our political and corporate leaders?
Here are what I see as seven possible guiding ideas and principles of creativity and communication for an individual looking to make an impact in the world with his or her views,talents, and effort.
1. The things we need to effectively and creatively express ourselves are all around us and are accessible if we make the effort.
2. The average person is able to understand more than they realize—Though they may not care enough to try to understand more.
3. No type of individual or group of people is by definition anything at all. You can best communicate with many people at once by viewing everyone as an individual.
4. Have the confidence to make judgments about people, places, and events. Of course you have a viewpoint about what you see in the world.
5. The metaphoric meaning or value of a word or deed is as significant as the “intended” purpose of a statement or action.
6. Everything is connected.
7. While circumstance and luck plays a big part in life, you’ve got to work hard on your own to be creative and to successfully communicate.