9/28/16

The Beauty of Art part 4 - some clues

The Beauty of Art part 4 - some clues

Since I have not received any(!) answers on the Beauty of Art part 4, I am giving a clue and another week before I post the answers.  

Clue:

The same sculptor has also created this, more known, sculpture:




I hope this additional clue makes it easier to answer the questions at the end of this blogpost. Remember, even if you do not know the answers to the questions, I am really interested in how the piece of art makes you feel!


In the beauty  of art parts 12 and 3 ,you have seen a number of beautiful paintings. There is more to art than paintings of course so in part 4 we will look at another art form, one that I admire a lot:
sculpting.

The subject of the Beauty of Art part 4 is the following sculpture:






And here are the questions I would like you to answer:

What is the name of the sculpture?
Who is the sculptor?
Where can this sculpture be seen?
How does this piece of art make you feel?

Let me know your answers to the questions, especially the last one and I will inform you about the answers in a coming blogpost!

9/21/16

The Beauty of Art part 4

In the beauty  of art parts 1, 2 and 3 ,you have seen a number of beautiful paintings. There is more to art than paintings of course so in part 4 we will look at another art form, one that I admire a lot:
sculpting.

The subject of the Beauty of Art part 4 is the following sculpture:






And here are the questions I would like you to answer:


What is the name of the sculpture?
Who is the sculptor?
Where can this sculpture be seen?
How does this piece of art make you feel?

Let me know your answers to the questions, especially the last one and I will inform you about the answers in a coming blogpost!


9/7/16

Not the same hamburger for everyone

The great business man and philanthropist Bill Gates, once famously said:
"I can understand about having millions of dollars. There's meaningful freedom that comes with that, but once you get much beyond that I have to tell you, it's the same hamburger. "

This makes perfect sense to me, to many of us. But not to all. It seems that some people want much, much more than they can ever and I mean ever, use.

You have read about them, heard about them, maybe you have met them. The ones who never get enough, the ones who get greedy.

 "Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction." 
Erich Fromm (German psychologist and philosopher)


Andy Warhol, Dollar Signs $ (9)


How about introducing a law that says that politicians can never earn more than Y times the minimum wage  / lowest income in the country they rule? In my opinion Y should be a one-digit number.

And how about a corporate guideline that the CEO of a company can never earn more than X times what the lowest  paid person in the company earns? Or, wait a minute, does this worry you? Have you bought in to all that talk about the necessity to pay enormous salaries combined with absurd bonuses to "get the best ones"? Stop worrying. The myth has been debunked. A study by MSCI ESG showed that:

"total shareholder returns for companies with CEO pay that exceeded the sector median performed worse than companies with less excessive pay."
 Worse!

It may not be simple to set guidelines like these, but that does not mean we should not figure out how. I agree fully with Sir Michael Marmot (see 2 min video here) when he says:

"I do not think it's in fantasy land wanting a fairer society".

It is not fantasy land. It is a necessity to create a better world for all.