More About Creating An Environment Full Of Things To Admire
Artists create things to admire and in this way transform a neutral or negative environment into one which makes the observers feel more alive. When we observe something created with the intention to be admired, we admire the creation and we admire the creator. The intention to be admired can be perceived by the observer.
For example, graffiti can be gang signs used to claim territory, to make threats, and to challenge rival gangs. These generally consist of letters and numbers.
On the other hand, there is incredible graffiti art that is intended to communicate a message or a concept and these attract admiration from all who view them.
Communities tend to regulate which art can be displayed in public places, but artists have been known to push the boundaries and can overwhelm the authorities with their creativity.
When a community or country is overrun by invaders, one of the targets of the destruction is the artwork from the previous inhabitants. There are many famous examples of this type of destruction in Egypt, Greece, and in Rome. Perhaps this destruction is to prevent any admiration of the previous regimes.
If admiration is desired and artists work to make admirable creations, blocking that admiration by disfiguring statues is a revolutionary statement. That sentiment is still alive today when protesting groups damage statues that have nothing to do with their cause but are valued by the establishment they are seeking to bring down.
We can see from this that works of art make an environment more alive because they are admirable. If some group is trying to bring down the current leadership, it makes sense for them to destroy what made the current environment admirable. Laying waste to a country or city and toppling monuments is not a recent development. It is a way of destroying the final traces of an existing state.