Seasons of gasoline and gold. Which song (and it’s not a new one) are those lines from?
The Glasgow School of Art burned down. It was a mighty fire but was it art? Worthy of a Turner prize perhaps? Critics are divided.
It might have been an accident but… shortly afterwards there was another fire. In Dundee. Which isn’t all that far from Glasgow as the crow flies. It isn’t all that far if the crow is drunk and has to take the bus.
This fire was in the Jordanstone College of… art and design. One fire might be considered an accident but two fires within a day, both in similar institutions, smacks of something darker.
I am no great art afficionado. Once I went to the big gallery in That London, it had a name which I cannot recall now (there was drinking involved later) but it was close to, or possibly on, Trafalgar Square. Seeing the old paintings in real life is not the same as seeing images on the Web. In real life they are amazing, some of them almost seem 3D and they were created with nothing more than brush and paint. They are stunning and they are a big part of this country’s history. I was most impressed, but as I said, I couldn’t give any kind of artistic critique. I like it or I don’t like it. That is the limit of my art knowledge.
Why target art collections and colleges? They have no power over anyone’s day-to-day lives. They do, however, house collections of truly wonderful creations that show the world what humanity is capable of achieving.
It’s almost as if someone wants to erase all that achievement, all that history, and make this country even more bland than the last few Governments have already made it.
I bet it gets blamed on UKIP.