Capilano University students have wrapped all art in black plastic. Seems the university is cutting funding to the arts program and the students have responded by blacking out art on the campus.
Most of the “art” beneath plastic is terrible crap; I have seen it unwrapped and despaired at the definition of art. Still it is disquieting to see black plastic amongst the magnificent trees and spring flowers.
But the university is not crimping on green vegetables. The picture below shows a bunch of boxes that staff can rent for a mere $25 a year to grow vegetables.
Imagine: a mere $25 a year, There is at least $250 of wood to make each box and, at union rates, $250 to make the box. It will take forever to get the cost of these silly boxes back at $25 a year. A statement, no doubt! Green at its silliest! A couple living in a condo in Deep Cover spoke to me of the value of being able to “garden” at taxpayers’ expense. Good for them. Shame on us. Damn the university for such hypocrisy!
I hate the art now hidden by black plastic. But, more, I hate the squander of money on expensive boxes to grow a few vegetables. Why should I labor in honest work to support a couple in a condo in Deep Cove who seek a weekend diversion growing a few miserable vegetables? They could buy the same for about $10 at the local store. Why do I have to support their $15 weekend indulgence? And the $500 box that enables them to pretend to be green?
We have slipped into a nasty self-indulgent illusion about green. These expensive boxes for privileged Capilano staff where they play at being good, prove the upper class indulgence that is foist on the lower class as a noble ideal.
I say: scrap the boxes; or charge what they cost = $200 a year; or cut the crap; and bring back art funding. At least we can all enjoy the art—like it or not.