Q. How do you know when you've got too much money for your own good?
A. When you consider spending £26,000 on a rubbish bin.
This outrageous piece of art, by Michael Landy RA, is called Self Portrait as a Rubbish Bin and is currently on display in the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy.
And it costs an extortionate £26,000.
I know I've fallen head-first into the 'What is art?/ What is the true value of art?' debate, but honestly, I just can't understand how
1) Someone could get away with charging over £20,000 for what looks like a painfully standard public bin
and 2) Why anyone would buy it!
When I saw it last week, I didn't see art. I saw gigantic cartoon dollar signs in my eye sockets.
£26,000 is a year's salary. Three years of university education for a student in Britain. 1040 goats which could be given to African families.
It's more money than most people will ever see in one place, in their entire lives.
And it's also a rubbish bin, disguising itself as a pretentious, self-important piece of art.
Personally, I can't see the appeal. Which is why I laughed when I looked inside the bin, and saw that there were blobs of chewed up gum and apple cores inside- clearly people had thought it was a real bin, and completely worthless!
But I'm sure there are about a million people out there who disagree with me- I guess the whole point of this piece of art is that it's expensive, and that its cost divides opinion. Isn't that what art is supposed to do? Maybe it's worth the money for some people, but I really don't see it.
But I'm curious, NAAB NUTTERS. Would you spend £26,000 on the bin? And if not, what would you spend it on? Comment your answer below! I think I'd spend it on Uni fees, and charity donations (because I' a good citizen and all that).