|Illustration of how Blake Williams' work (affixed to column) will look.|
I've made some notes about my reason for doing so, and I'll share them with you here:
Lenses through which The Welcome Project – Migration might be judged.
Does it meet the goals of 2007 Multiculturalism Strategic Plan? That is, does it promote and communicate Coquitlam’s cultural diversity to the public, and connect with the city's diverse community to bridge the gap between individual ethnic communities and the community at large? YES. See last paragraph on page two of report for how good it made the community participants feel.
Is it Art? The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture. Meet this description? YES
Is it decorative? Serving to make something look more attractive; ornamental. Meet this description? YES.
Does it demonstrate skill and craftmanship? YES.
Is it offensive? That is, harmful or injurious. 2. likely to irritate or offend. Meet this description? NO.
Is it inspired, groundbreaking, breathtakingly original? Not really.
on the other hand....
Is it banal or pap? That is, so lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring. Meet this description? NO. It’s actually somewhat clever.
Is it propaganda? Information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view. Meet this description? Somewhat YES, insofar as it is, by definition, being used to celebrate multiculturalism and bring people together. But it is not “biased or misleading.”
Is it great art of the sort that tourists will go out of their way to view? NO.
Did it fulfill the project’s community-engagement and multiculturalism-enhancing intentions, while adding a decorative and topical work of art to our new City Centre Library? YES