According to the Herald Sun yesterday:
An artist has been paid $10,000 to float 10,000 paper planes in Victoria’s State Library.
Ross Coulter wants to track “thought patterns” in the La Trobe (Domed) Reading Room by releasing the planes from balcony “stacks”, and will use a Georges Mora Foundation Fellowship to pay for the project.
“Its going to be part performance and part video artwork,” he said. “A playful act of rebellion in a way. But then creativity has always been bound up with rebellious acts.”
?Now, why the hell didn’t I think of that? A much easier way to earn money than doing a PhD thesis. My father, my sister and I used to make some great paper planes – one which did memorable loop-the-loops, another which went for ages (possibly with the aid of a paperclip in the nose and little folded paper ailerons).
If someone else wants to donate money to this guy to throw paper planes, that’s fine. I’m just glad that it’s not my money which is paying for this. It all seems like a bit of a waste of time to me. Plus, I think of libraries as almost sacred spaces: if I happen to be in the reading room and a paper plane hit me in the head, I might be rather grumpy. I can’t vouch for what actions I might take with the paper plane or where it might end up lodged.
Call me a philistine, but this kind of “art” leaves me absolutely cold. Give me art involving a modicum of skill any day. Humph.