Letter: Meaning of art

Published: 7/21/2021 7:00:11 AM

Do all works of art make a statement? I believe they do, some obvious, others more obscure. Take a look at the photo in “Setting the record straight,” (Monitor, 7/14) and consider what statement Lakes Region General Hospital’s grandiose main entrance makes.

I suggest there are two quite obvious messages, one by the architect who created it and one by executives and directors who accepted it. I think the former is proclaiming that he can design whatever he wants and persuade a sucker to buy it. And the latter, with a wink and a nod to The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, “ER docs? We don’ need to pay no stinkin’ ER docs. We paid the architect.”

William Politt



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