Art addresses woes of our times better than protests
Amazing how the morning newspaper can set the mind abuzz. Here is an item from the Times Colonist a few days ago:
“The tent city that is part of the Occupy Vancouver protest outside the Vancouver Art Gallery is a danger to millions of dollars of art held in a vault beneath the plaza.”
It seems the ceiling of the vault containing the permanent collection of the VAG, though protected by a waterproof membrane, is only a foot beneath the grass of the plaza. Who would have thought? It seems there are worries that if a protester whacks a particularly long tent peg into the ground it could puncture the membrane and cause a leak.
Never mind the strange arrangement of storing art under the lawn, or the bizarre thought of campers setting up tents with foot-long spikes, what really rankles in the story is the writer’s description of the supposed danger being to “millions of dollars of art.”
George Sipos, GulfIslands Driftwood, November 22, 2011