Yes He Does
I don't think that grand size is the point of Christo's art.
I think a primary objective is getting the public to see things
differently when a monument/landscape that has become
an institutional part of society's vision is temporarily
concealed or altered. I think that's a pretty brilliant idea.
I know many people who, like you, think this is a crazy
waste of money when there is so much need in the world.
In some ways, I agree. However, there is a lot of wealth
in the world that could be redirected and isn't, and unfortunately
probably never will be. Christo not realizing his vision wouldn't
change that. To the extent that his art challenges people
to look at the world more closely and maybe differently, I
think its brilliant and deserving of its place.
I hope The Gates is so amazing that you'll get a little bit
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