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CHARBONNEAU – Tearing down and vandalizing statues is barbaric

(Image: Facebook, Black Lives Matter Toronto)

NOW THAT WE ARE ENLIGHTENED, we clearly see the errors of the past. Such is the case with every generation. Regrettably, that enlightenment doesn’t seem to distinguish systemic racism from the value of art from the past.

Statues are works of art. As an artist, and as someone who has studied sculpture at the University of Alberta, I am keenly aware of the hundreds of hours that go into producing a sculpture. Sculptures are particularly difficult to produce because they are made of materials durable enough for future generations to appreciate.

Also, I sit on a committee mandated by the City of Kamloops. We review applications for funding and creating public art. The job involves evaluating the application and allocating meagre funds for artists to make public works.

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David Charbonneau is a retired TRU electronics instructor who hosts a blog at http://www.eyeviewkamloops.wordpress.com.

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1 Comment on CHARBONNEAU – Tearing down and vandalizing statues is barbaric

  1. Darryl Spencer // August 14, 2020 at 10:47 AM // Reply

    I am all for respecting admiring art in a sculpture form. More to the point, reflected by the vandalism, is the meaning or message of the person in history and what they stood for.

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