Graffiti artist/social commentator Banksy took to the streets of New York yesterday (October 13) to teach us a lesson about art and the value of things. He set up a booth in Central Park selling his work – original sign canvases. It was a simple, inauspicious looking stand that was manned by an elderly gentleman. It took for hours to make the first sale and without much fanfare, the booth sold $420 worth of art over the afternoon.
Here’s the amazing part, Banksy’s artwork typically sells for hundreds of thousands of dollars (and often times, upwards into the millions)… yesterday he was selling them for $60 each. The people that bought the art had no idea what they were actually purchasing.
Banksy’s lesson of the day: value is fleeting and subjective.
This definitely makes you wonder about the value of things and how subjective that value can be. It also echoes the sentiment of C.S. Lewis, “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”