Tuesday, April 18, 2006


What I really love about these puzzles is how open-ended they are. Take a gander at the story and you'll see what I mean. It's not a puzzle in the traditional "brain teaser" sense, where you look for the answer printed upside down at the bottom of the page. Here, you supply the answer. In this specific puzzle you're suppose to be asking "Is this art?"
There was once a museum owner whose museum hadn't been doing too well. The small town in which it operated didn't care for the previous Egyptian exhibit and there was only a modest turn out for the dinosaur displays a month prior. The owner had caught wind of a world reknown avant garde artist visiting one town over. In a last ditch effort, he went to meet the artist. Finally, the museum owner bumped into the famous man walking on the beach. The owner explained his situation and made a plea for the artist's help. The artist replied by picking up a piece of wood, handing it to the owner, and saying, "Call it Driftwood."

A few things to consider: Does the intent of the artist make any difference? Is it important for the material to be altered in some way in order for it to be art? What role does context play?

2 comments:

winston said...

Nice realy like this one better then your first one keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

im not too familiar with "avant garde" however i like this one. for me the artist is simply giving a message of you can do what you want if you apply yourself. but also in the other hand you must go with the flow... driftwood..yes it is simply a driftwood however how does a driftwood get it's name?

i really like this one, it makes me think even more if what i posted is really the correct interpretation of what i think. hahahaha

:)