The Illusion of Coloured Lights

The Illusion of Coloured Lights

by Charles Harris
article from Wednesday 1, February, 2017

DEAR READER, this time I will begin by asking two questions:

1)  Have you seen the latest trendy activity at Norrie Miller Gardens, Perth, with coloured lights draped over conceptual metal objects and draped over nearby trees, pretending this is harmonious. All with paid attendants?           

2) And when will this stop?

Obviously this activity will be claiming some social benefit, and designed to appeal to the 'Oh My God Culture,' with cheap instant gratification, yet these lights could have been displayed anywhere in Perth, for any trendy public celebration, but appear instead to have deliberately been chosen in this location to (apparently I understand) try to revitalise those ugly metal failures with bright lights; and what I was told in the gym last night, 'Looks like scrap yard dressed up to be a circus!'

However this idea of coloured lights already exists behind the Mermaid on the motorway, so sadly this is not a new innovation by modernist fanatics, and their Public Official supporters, but just a repeat of the same.

So for the sake of responsible people, who care about the future of art and culture, I must repeat  - when will this be stopped, for bright lights to revitalise these conceptual objects are desperate today?

And I also enclose this letter from an upset person about the mermaid on the motrway prompted by my previous article: 

"I am just dismayed at that profound piece of .... and if there is one thing we can both agree on it`s that this misuse of community money and the dense and hopeless corruption of councils of all parties that allow it. It is all heartbreaking. I applaud your efforts on this count Charles and wish your every success. I will ask friends and the silent majority I know for ideas too."

Accordingly, I must conclude and do believe now, that if a new proper even-handed and balanced view of art does not happen directly, and that necessary reform does not occur quickly, then Art will soon have no value left for anybody. While along with that loss will be a direct loss of beauty and truth that art traditionally provided, a clear sight and honest record of the visual understanding of our human life, of reality, where these sights have instructed us, and helped provide a proper respect for others too.

Television news presenter Trevor McDonald said, 'We are defined by what we see.'

Today we do depend a good deal on film and photography to provide us with our news. And at this late hour, we must insist again on art providing a further function of honest sight, using conventional acknowledged skills and the ability for us all to see and enjoy as well. For there has been more than enough trendy modern art stories in the past 50 years, to excuse visually poor meaningless objects, all commissioned for the same narrow self-interest. Instead, we must stop the rot and have new art providing us collectively with genuine better images our eyesight can respond to and understand instantly, as was always expected... 'Great Art should educate, inform and dynamically reaffirm the experience of life for us all.' While this metal could also go to the scrap yard for recycling, where practically and academically it belongs, without the coloured lights for company there, I suggest.

And finally, yes please, can you send sensible suggestions about how to do this.

With thanks. 

(Copyright. Charles Harris 2017. 'Trust Your Heart.')

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