The Parrot is an ardent arts fan; not in its entirety; just painting and pictures. Oh, I love to look at these representations, whether real life or abstract. The abstracts seem naturally to require more thought from the viewer in trying to conceptualise the thought process of the artist or photographer in question. I must admit that very often mental exhaustion steps in the midst of my meticulous deciphering of some abstract pieces.
This seems a forgone conclusion since some abstracts can never be interpreted accurately unless one is privileged to be in the presence of the person who is responsible for the piece. Very often they are not around and one is left to doubt his/her conclusion; confusion seems more appropriate. It may be safe to state that the actual creative thoughts being expressed in these abstract pieces seldom matter. I have never seen an international diplomatic spat in the UN General Assembly which could have traced its genesis to an abstract piece of art.
The differences of interpretations, and they are many, provide for interesting, and I dare say, unnecessary conversations. These conversations can be avoided if art lovers would just adhere to the basic principle of paintings and pictures; it speaks a thousand words. This form of art speaks; we don’t need to. Looking at them, many stories percolate within the cerebrum; stories that can either confirm those that are already within the public domain or ones that we never thought of. Either way we are better enlightened.
This brings me to the front page picture of some of yesterday’s dailies; a picture of the overripe Mayor sitting, which he described as a “protest”, to prevent the dismantling of the structure being built to represent a monument in remembrance of those who perished in the Cubana Air Disaster. Before I state the story that jumps out at me from that picture, I would like add my “two cents”, well “two dollars” since we don’t use cents anymore, on the issue; not on the actual building of a monument, but on procedures in doing so.
The overripe Mayor is the first one to point out, in his letters to the press and unnecessary press conferences, those who, in his opinion, seemingly breach protocols. I still remember his tirades when Minister Benn tried to straighten out the mini-bus parks. Thousands over the years clamoured for order in these parks; clamours that fell on deaf ears at the M&CC. Having heard these desperate cries for help, the Son of Robe, Benn that is, heeded and ventured to restore order. Lo and behold, the overripe Mayor arose from his slumber to point out that he was never consulted on the Son of Robe’s action. He emphasised the need for him to be consulted on such developments.
Here is my “bone of contention”; did the overripe Mayor consult with anyone before he began the construction of the monument? Did he consult on the feasibility of that location? Is it his property to dispense? My answers to these questions lean towards a resounding NO. I say no more on that. As it relates to my story from the front page picture; it tells of an idle, overripe Mayor who sits all day while the city stinks. It needs an excavator and coaxing to get him to office. And by the way, it’s not an abstract piece; the subject may be. Squawk! Squawk!
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