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Aquascapes and Art

<< >>American aquascapes stink.  And it's the anti-art sentiments of the 
techno/hobby crowd that perpetuate it.<< >>

Hello?  What?

There is nothing like a comment like that from a supporter of the arts to 
keep a thread alive.

I've had aquascapes that "stunk" by any standard and a few that received a 
few "Wow - pretty" comments.  Were they "art"?  I don't know - I certainly 
don't consider them to have been.  I intended to set up a communities of 
healthy plants and animals that looked good, and I did that.  That was 
enough. That's why I'm in the hobby.

Other's have different goals.  They try to follow the Amano model or the 
Dutch model and apparently judge success on how closely the aquascape adheres 
to the rules or guidelines of those schools.  Good for them - their results 
are spectacular.  And if they consider their efforts to be "art," that's OK 
with me, too.

A problem comes about when the "art" school attempts to convince the 
"community" school (or vice versa) that their way is the correct one.
That will never happen and it just chews up server space.

As far as commercializing on one's "art" or whatever, that's fine, too.  
Artists have to eat.  But I'm reminded of Chip Lord, who about 15 years ago 
partially buried 10 Cadillacs near Bushland, Texas.  At the time some people 
debated whether this was art or not, but it's interesting to note that there 
are no gift shops or curio centers at the site.  Chip himself supposedly is 
buried in one of the cars, going to Heaven in style, so to speak.

While people were willing to give him the benefit of the doubt as far as 
whether what he did was "art," I imagine that if he had written several  
books on the art of burying cars or sold 1/1000 replicas on E-bay, probably 
fewer of them would have been so inclined.  Still, some would have.  Artists 
have to eat, too.

Best wishes.