I completely disagree with Nick Giant, whose letter to the editor appeared in Monday’s edition of The New-Sentinel, and George Kirby, who expressed his opinion in a similar letter that appeared in Tuesday’s Journal Gazette. Relative to the recent damage to Helmholtz, the metal abstract sculpture on our art museum’s grounds, both vented their very clear distaste for modern abstract art, and one even indicated he was glad the sculpture had been damaged and hoped it would be replaced by a tree!
Certainly, appreciation of the beauty of any form of art rests in the eye of the beholder. And modern abstract art is an area most misunderstood by many people. To those that do not understand modern artwork, their idea of good artwork is anything that depicts how something might look in a photograph of the same scene or object.
Not really a very imaginative or inventive interpretation of any given subject.
Mr. Giant and Mr. Kirby are entitled to their own opinions. However, I would hope that they are not so narrow-minded and biased that they cannot realize that many of the rest of us have enjoyed Helmholtz and the other abstract metal sculpture through the years and look forward to its repair and replacement on the art museum’s grounds.
And I sincerely hope Mr. Kirby has room in his yard for his tree!
W. David Pepple, M.D.