The temple was stacked with amazing works of art. It was as much a museum as a temple. There was so much to see that it took us hours.
Borobudur is a simply amazing structure. Built out of carved blocks of volcanic rock, stuffed with statues, cupulas and carvings.
Yesterday somebody damaged the statue produced by Eric Gill on the front of the BBC building.
It appears that the artwork was attacked because of Eric Gill’s sexual deviation (as revealed in his diaries). He committed incest with his daughters and sexually abused the family dog.
I do not think many people would defend the actions of this artist. Sexual abuse is not to be condoned. But those that invalidate the art he produced??
It seems that we are on a slippery slope here. Many artists have lived abhorrent lives while producing outstanding art and music.
Leadbelly was a committed murderer and rapist.
Picasso was a misogynist.
Dali supported Hitler and fascism.
Gaugin was a paedophile.
Caravaggio was a murderer.
The list could go on and on and on.. ……
Does this mean we have to analyse the lives of every artist, musician and writer for abhorrent behaviour? Should we destroy their work if we find unpleasant stuff?
Would we all agree on what was abhorrent?
It seems to me that all those statues of slavers, exploiters, profiteers, warmongers and politicians should be removed!! They represent repugnant values. But destroy them?? I think not. I’d put them in museums.
Destroying art feels like burning books to me!!
Surely we should separate the art from the artist? Surely we can use the art as a focus to discuss the views and actions of the artists?
It was like a cross between Buddhism and Disneyland. Because of the regular massive earthquakes all the ancient building get knocked down.
Such a beautiful city.
I was very taken with the statue of the naked woman. All over Porto there are the most wonderful tilework. The artistry is wonderful – particularly at the railway station.
While the music is playing in the background you can wander through the great walled gardens with its array of flowers and vegetables.
There’s even a Green Man!!
Everywhere the Blue Tiles stand out for me and spell out Portugal!
We approached Wat Arun from the water on a water taxi. It looked very impressive.
We moored and began to walk in through the temple complex. It was quite extensive with numerous shrines and many statues.
It is an incredible place to wander around in. Everywhere you look there are amazing statues and detail. It is enormous.