For a very long time, art has played and continues to play a vital role in the life of human beings. Art creations connect to human beings’ origin as they help understand our history, especially to the younger generation. They also act as a source of income to the country as they attract tourists, both local and international, who view them. The composition of public art creations depicts the traditions of specific communities and imply what they stand for. It also represents the architectural skills portrayed by the creators sitting out the time the skills were discovered.
Moreover, public arts bring together people of a specific community who can relate to it as they get a sense of belonging. As a result, peace prevails in the nation. The essay aims to argue why sculptures should be respected hence kept or moved due to their artistic value rather than being demolished for malicious reasons.
Sculptures play a vital role in the historical aspect of human lives. They represent various issues in the past society that still portray meaning to the current society. Some sculptures symbolized respect for God that human beings were supposed to uphold (Hanson, 2017). In this manner, people could trace where respect for God originated from to teach the current generation and ensure the practice goes on for the coming generations. It also provides are reasons as to why God should be respected and in what ways people should do it. For instance, the Roman catholic sculptures guide their followers on God to worship, carrying it on from generation to generation. Some statues were created to represent notable people in society, especially those who were heroes in their communities. Such sculptures trace back to the time the famous people existed and the extent to which they were treasured. It remains as a reminder of the celebration of the notable people to the current generation.
Artistic creations as well play a significant role in politics concerning the people of a particular country. Such sculptures are created in response to political happenings and events like celebrating the ruling of a specific leader. For instance, the Abraham Lincoln statue was located in Washington, D. C, created in memory of his presidency (Pierre, 2018). He was the 16th president of the United States and was built in 1920. Such as sculpture ensures that the legacy set by Abraham Lincoln is passed on from generation to generation. The statue’s presence at a specific location motivates people’s minds to remember him consistently as they get to see the sculpture even while in their daily duties. It ignites scholars’ minds to dive deep into books to confirm what his leadership stood for and how he helped the country develop. If the sculpture is destroyed, it will go down with the legacy Abraham Lincoln created in his ruling time. The current generation will have to forget him preventing continuity in the coming generations. As a result, his history will be lost.
Art is also valuable in comprehending the technical world in terms of how they are created. It calls upon the artist’s creativity to depict their technical skills to the world and make them look attractive (Pierre, 2018). For instance, the Singing Ringing Tree is an example of a public artwork that portrays technical skills in its appearance. It has been created to take the shape of an actual tree, although it has been created using galvanized steel. Such sculptures are essential to explore the value of art in the technological world. By observing such artistic creations, we gain technical skills that can be applied in various life activities. It also works as an inspiration to the new generation, especially those interested in creating art. They are in a position to capitalize on the present art creations to generate memorable art creations. As a result, such art creations should be well maintained and kept in their locations without destruction. Destruction of the art implies the destruction of materials used to create it and their creative skills in coming up with the sculptures.
Moreover, art is essential in the recognition ad development of architecture skills in the field of art. It summons out artists’ creativity to develop memorable sculptures that will see generation after generation (Hanson, 2017). It is more applicable to sculptures created at the center of renowned cities and parks as their development is a complex process, and individual factors have to be taken into consideration to ensure their existence is possible for the longest time possible. The art creation considers the material to be sed, space to be occupied, location, and what it should represent. For instance, the Christopher Columbus statue removed was made of Bronze, an expensive and significant material in art. The sculpture occupied approximately 22 × 7.75 × 5.75 ft with a weight of 3 tones implying that the artist took time to come up with the architectural designs (Lerer, 2018). Removal of such sculptures discourages the artists behind them as it implies their efforts are not getting the recognition they deserve.
Art influences society in numerous ways regarding their social way of life. It conveys messages that shape how people think, behave, and relate to each other (Booth, 2018). People from a similar culture are united by a specific art creation giving them a sense of belonging. As a result, they relate to each other and speak one language. Some sculptures are created to reveal a specific culture’s way of life regarding responsibilities assigned to different genders. Women are depicted as household cares, where they engage in kitchen activities. Through such a sculpture, the community will grow up with such a perspective, empowering women to take care of their households in a positive light. It, therefore, ensures peace prevails in society as they grow up aware of their roles. Art creations allow for communication between people from different cultures through the use of images. As a result, they have a common thing to unite them, which cannot be achieved if sculptures are demolished.
Sculptures offer economic importance to the country as well as to its citizens. Sculptures act as a form of attraction to tourists, both local and international (Booth, 2018). The tourists urge to see the works’ creativity, uniqueness, materials used, and their location. Such visitations give them a sense of satisfaction and prestige, implying that they would recommend the museums to their friends. As a result, the government gains revenue that can be used to ensure the country’s growth.
Moreover, artists gain a lot from the molding of art. They earn a living by selling their creations to the government to make them public property. It also ensures their names are recognized hence can gain access to contracts with various companies to designing their logos. It implies that artists can support themselves financially and lead a great life. If the art is totally demolished, the revenue coming into the government will be reduced.
Public works of art are better if they are kept attended to in their usual location or moved to a better place rather than demolished. The demolishing of artwork implies that they have gotten rid of the artist’s artistic designs and styles. It makes the artist’s effort go unrecognizable simply because of the meaning attached to it. It further implies that the state has to set aside cost to demolish and remove the sculpture in its initial position. It additionally diminishes the historical significance of the statues in the minds of the ongoing and upcoming generations. Destroying a sculpture implies that the sculpture’s historical meaning will be lost, taking away its value. It also takes away the unifying aspect among people who relate to that specific sculpture. It denies them a sense of belonging and identification. Arguably, public works of art maintain their significance if they are kept in their usual location or moved to a new location instead of demolished.
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Hanson, L. (2017). Artistic Value is Attributive Goodness. The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 75(4), 415-427.
Lerer, M. (2018). Christopher Columbus and Juana Azurduy: Revising and Revisiting Historical Monuments in Argentina. International Public History, 1(2).
Pierre, C. Y. (2018). Sculpture and the Public Imagination. A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Art, 225.