Pardon the poor picture quality as I only had a moment to take this picture. On my way to run an errand at Whole Foods after a challenging but fabulous barre3 class, I saw this construction fencing cover by what is obviously some new construction.
“Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.” – Pablo Picasso
That Pablo Picasso…not only an amazing and innovative artist but also wise with his thoughts and words. Much like the raw materials Picasso would use in his artwork – a blank canvas, paint, a brush, a concept – all items that existed in one form only to be used/destroyed to create something even more beautiful… a piece of art.
Isn’t that like life? Cooking – all of the separate ingredients creating a whole meal… Exercise – breaking down the muscles to create longer/stronger ones… Gardening – seeds, soil, energy, water creating a beautiful plant. Emotions – painful, happy, sad, confused, pride, joy etc. growing into perhaps a new belief, feeling or memory. So many different and diverse opportunities to break something down to only create something new.
I wonder if Picasso thought about that when he introduced the cubism art form to the 20th century art world. Taking art from a two dimensional view…breaking it down (an act of destruction) and creating a fresh, modern art form that could be viewed from so many different standpoints, angles and dimensions.
It’s amazing how even in the few seconds that I was stopped in front of what I would have only seen previously as new construction and a hindrance to my errand running, I was able to break down (destroy) my perception and instead see the creation of a new view…an appreciation of the subtle art and placement of Picasso’s words.