Regarding recent letter to the editor, (Crescent City murals are pass, stagnant and hollow'," Nov. 24).
M.J. Berry, with a little knowledge of the history of graffiti, feels qualified to pontificate on matters that are purely opinion, and not fact. Some people, with little esthetic sensibility, have mis-placed respect for so-called "Modern Art," while most people consider it pure garbage. Boths sides see the same thing from opposite perspectives, but both views are simply personal opinions.
There is no divine decree on the subject which would give one the right to ridicule and condemn either view, but someone with an agenda that disdains anything that's normalthat isn't revolutionary, abnormal, counter-cultural, anti-establishment, shocking and maybe a little warpedfeels their opinion is the only one that has any legitimacy. Anything different deserves condemnationany beautiful creation that doesn't excite and satisfy a distorted esthetic sensibility should be considered rubbish.
The agenda is to condemn standard cinder-block construction, so anything, even if painted by God Himself, that is lovingly applied to such a building is to be condemned, even though it is nothing more than a canvas to illustrate the beauty of this region. Those who drive indifferently though this small town will be alerted to the majesty that surrounds us.
As for reviling landscape art because it lacks "meaning," beauty doesn't need a meaning to justify its existance. What's the meaning of the Mona Lisa? And while it's true that 3-D art, i.e. architecture (think Ferndale or Disney World for example) is far more impressive than 2-D art, it's also true that 2-D art is far more impressive than no art (i.e. blank walls). And just because one has a legitimate complaint against the building/architect community for uninspiring box buildings, that's no reason to sling undeserved insults at the mural art community when they aren't remotely responsible for the drab buildings that they seek to decorate with inspiring scenes.
Though it's true that great landscaping would improve the esthetic environment, everyone knows that artists are not landscapers, that's a whole other profession. Do landscapers paint murals? Crescent City needs all of the improvements it can get from every quarter willing to contribute, except from self-righteous back-seat drivers who think their opinion is the only one that matters.