"How can anyone who is able to enjoy the beauties of a Virgil, a Tasso, a Shakespeare, who can follow the logical conclusions of a Liebnitz and Kant--how can such a one find pleasure in the Old Testament, so deficient in form and taste, and in the senseless writings of the Talmud?"
-Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Painting Gum

A boy stuck this:

on to this:
DETROIT (Reuters) - Painter Helen Frankenthaler's landmark abstract work "The Bay" just got a little more abstract -- to the dismay of Detroit museum officials.

A 12-year-old boy visiting the Detroit Institute of Arts with his school group on Friday stuck a wad of chewing gum on the painting, which is worth an estimated $1.5 million, the Detroit Free Press said.

The barely chewed Wrigley's Extra Polar Ice gum left a residue stain about the size of a quarter in the lower left-hand corner of the painting, the newspaper said.

The boy was suspended from Holly Academy, a Detroit-area charter school he attends, the newspaper reported.

Neither museum nor school officials could be immediately reached for comment.

The 1963 painting, which remains on display, is considered one of the most important modern works in the Detroit museum's collection, the newspaper said.

Museum curators expect to be able to remove the gum residue with a solvent once they have researched the chemicals contained in the gum, assistant contemporary art curator Becky Hart said.

"In the scheme of things, this is upsetting, and it will make us review our policies. But we're confident that the painting will be OK," Hart told the Free Press.
I side with the 12 year old boy. He is on a trip to a boring museum and needed to ditch his gum. Along comes a big painting that looks like a big wad of gum. Why not stick his gum to the painting of gum. Obviously the boy was completely ignorant to the value of the painting. Why in the WORLD was he suspended? If he put gum on the wall, would that warrant being suspended? He was being innocent. Grownups suck.


I'd say he should be suspended just for putting gum on the wall of a museum. However, in all fairness, he was probably never taught that doing that is wrong so how can you blame him. On the other hand, suspending him is probably his first opportunity to learn a lesson about right and wrong.
Blogger Still Wonderin', at 9:20 PM  
suspension is a little harsh. perhaps taking him to the side and explaining right and wrong would be more effective then punishment that wont mean anything to him the next day.
Blogger Q, at 9:35 AM  

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