Art is not an exact science. Hence there are no objective means of quantifying artworks. It is best left to personal imagination and appreciation. What is art to some is utter junk to another. If left to the laws of supply and demand, its value is solely based on buyer-seller agreements. Much less an issue of value based on its functional utility. When public funds are used to acquire artworks, then value has to be evaluated based on its functional value to the public at large. Anything less is really misappropriation of public funds.
What do Londoners reckon of this latest piece of artwork? Meet London’s most terrifying new statute, NowHereIs reports,
If you go down to Marble Arch today, you’re in for a big surprise. Because there’s an 11-metre-high bronze cat-with-wings that screams at you FOREVER.
The work, called ‘She Guardian’, comprises four tonnes of bronze, sculpted over two years by Russian artist Dashi Namdakov. The artist says the ferocity of the sculpture demonstrates the monster’s ‘maternal protectiveness toward her young.’ To which we’d say: OH GOD THERE ARE YOUNG ONES TOO?
Councillor Robert Davis, deputy leader of Westminster City Council said: ‘Marble Arch is our prime location for which we only use the best possible work. Hopefully this piece will inspire and delight in equal measure.’ If by ‘inspire and delight’ he means ‘intimidate and menace’ then we entirely agree.
Does this piece of art inspire you? Perhaps not, but it does bring forth fear and terror.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.