Art Versus the Economy


With the current economic state, what makes more sense: spending money on cars that will depreciate, clothes that will go out of style, or even music that will be forgotten as fast as it was downloaded, or experiences? Experiences are what define who we are. Is our money not better spent going to an art opening or museum? I mean, the first art museum I went to was Bob Jones University Museum and it changed the way I perceive art in general. Other life-changing experiences were the Terra-cotta Army and the DaVinci exhibit at the High Museum in Atlanta. My life was definitely more impacted by those experiences than anything I have bought as of late. Standing there in the room with 75 sculptures excavated from the ground all created in assembly line fashion to preserve one mans well being in the after life is an awe inspiring feeling. Imagine the feeling you would have as one of the chosen ones to create the entourage that would accompany the Emperors sculptural pro-session? The power and awe you feel standing in front of DaVinci's unfinished painting of St. Jerome is something that can not be traded for trying to remember what music you were listening to in 2010. Which story will you be telling your friends? What car you were driving or how it felt to stand in front of the Terra-cotta Army that was sculpted by over 200 artists and had been buried for 500 years? So next time you want to enrich your life, maybe you should re-evaluate your options. They are closer than you think.