Thursday, 3 November 2016

You'd Think They'd Value It More, Then..?

Southend has a wealth of culture that is illustrated by the worth of its heritage assets being valued at nearly £40million.
Really...?
The antiques and collectables that belong to the council include the millennium clock, which was taken down after it was damaged. The clock is now in storage and there are no immediate plans for it, but the council have said they are happy to consider suitable areas within and outside of council ownership.
Ah, yes. How could I forget?
A bronze statue depicting a mythological rape had to be moved from being on display outside the courthouse in Victoria Avenue, before being moved to the Civic Square and then to the courtyard of the Palace Theatre, in Westcliff. 
Later, it was moved to the Civic Centre when it caused outrage among staff and again moved to Porters, in Southend. The controversial statue of Leda and the Swan was criticised by the public as the "rape" statue.
Ah, yes. 'The public' being the usual tiny gaggle of SJWs and VirtueSignallers. Most of the public couldn't give a stuff.

And the incompetence continues...
In 2006 Southend Council were given £390,000 by the Arts Council for an art installation - Lifelines. The 54-metre-long installation depicted a wave in a clear acrylic box fell victim to vandalism and condensation also became a problem before it was removed and put into storage.
Who'd have guessed?

4 comments:

Antisthenes said...

Do artefacts measure a culture? Yes but then that throws up the question whose and when. So saying a place has a wealth of culture(of any value)is only proven by the artefacts that it produces today. The artefacts that Southend make today and it's attitude to older artefacts tells me that it does not have a desirable culture as measured against some cultures of the past.

Perhaps that tells us that western culture peaked in the 18th century* and has been in decline ever since. The classical artefacts of Greece, Rome(pagan and Christian eras) and a few enlightened places in and around Europe never to be repeated in such abundance even though we have a much larger population than then. It also tells us using the appellation culture or cultural to any modern place or event does not mean it is how it is now but just show casing the best of past ones.


*Coincidentally(or is it a coincidence) at the time of the French revolution when socialism and progressiveness was born.

pen seive said...

Never mind a wave in an acrylic box, use it to cram the local councillors and a percentage of the SJWs and put them on display outside the council offices. Make the base sunken so as to allow the millions of errant dogs You have mentioned that abide min Southend to evacuate their bowels and bladders on the top. Leave it for a week and spray it with nitrogen. The Turner Prize is a certainty. Having lived for a while there, a possible alternative is to offer the place as a target for Putin's, or Il Jong's, nuclear weapons. It will be a win win situation all round.

pen seive said...

Never mind a wave in an acrylic box, use it to cram the local councillors and a percentage of the SJWs and put them on display outside the council offices. Make the base sunken so as to allow the millions of errant dogs You have mentioned that abide min Southend to evacuate their bowels and bladders on the top. Leave it for a week and spray it with nitrogen. The Turner Prize is a certainty. Having lived for a while there, a possible alternative is to offer the place as a target for Putin's, or Il Jong's, nuclear weapons. It will be a win win situation all round.

JuliaM said...

"The artefacts that Southend make today and it's attitude to older artefacts tells me that it does not have a desirable culture as measured against some cultures of the past. "

Spot on! So much of the modern stuff is not worthy of the name 'art'.

"Having lived for a while there, a possible alternative is to offer the place as a target for Putin's, or Il Jong's, nuclear weapons. "

Can we at least wait until I've retired..? ;)