Harold the Bat certainly has nice lines and the size is good, but I would consider this a craftwork more than art.
The true art is in the way eBay is the vehicle for Harold. The medium, in this case, is the message.
Personally I would not pay for this as it would be a cinch to make my own.
The intent with this piece is obviously the raking in of money rather than the artistic license.
I know a very well established artist named Don Bonham who lives and works in New York City. Way back in the late 60's he did a piece involving a
'fishtank' which had been pumped free of air. Inside was a rotten fish which would keep forever in the vacuum. This was a statement about the
degradation of the environment. What does Harold the Bat say about our society (?)...nothing at all. What does the selling of Harold the Bat on eBay
say about our society(?)...a lot!
Art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Anything (even sugar) can be art. It's a matter of taste and personal value. I wouldn't pay a cent
for the sugar or the bat, but if the artist says they're art, then they're art. They're just not worth anything to me.
As I find it too tedious to find distinctions between art and non-art, I instead only judge if I like it or not. Those sugar cubes probably didn't
require all that much skill to stack up, but I like how they look anyway.
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