I sadly look at a another statue that is being knocked down and I think we risk sinking in the lack of creativity.
Throwing away is a liberating gesture, but it does not change history. It does not deny some dogmas with which we have all come to this point in our history.
We can say that history has had aberrations and moments of absolute idiocy of mankind, we can say that we should have learned from our mistakes, but we cannot deny history. We should not knock down the statues.
We show that we can learn from the past.
We study the lesson of yesterday so as not to have to repeat it. That we will build better generations from our past.
We learn from history and with creativity we build a new future.
Instead of knocking down the statues we can create ‘counter-statues’, new works of art.
Next to a statue of Christopher Columbus we can put a new statue that expresses the past that we have understood and the future that we want to build in peace.
Next to a missionary we put a statue showing culture that has contributed to destruction.
I am not an artist but I am sure that thousands of young artists are ready to accept this challenge and will have thousands or millions of new ideas to express this concept.
Our cities will be filled with new works and … ‘Beauty will save the world’.