It isn’t always clear how to identify low art but high art is thought to be the finest of art. High art is universally understood across borders of all types. Some may go so far as to say that high art was made for people in high places, by people who were probably high. And just for the record, the commonly held definition of low art has to do with the decorative and commercial arts which, in recent times, have blended in as high art anyway. But at the Vancouver Art Gallery, it turns out museum visitors can take the definition of “High Art,” in a different light while they breathe truly rarified air. Due to its location in a renovated, downtown building, the Vancouver gallery’s air has been often “enhanced” with the fragrance of smoke of a certain kind.
One museum volunteer recently complained that the presence of such smoke in the presence of high art was detracting. He wondered if the smoke could have any sort of impact on the high art in the galleries. And it was likely not his imagination since the building is known to house gatherings of “pro-marijuana” events such as the 420 gathering. Such gatherings may refer to April 20th, a day for celebrating such “smoking.” The name originated in the early 1970s when high school students in California gathered after school at 4:20 p.m. to presumably celebrate the art of getting high.
In any case, some believe that complaints about the air are just a smokescreen, so to speak, from those who are lobbying for a new building for the galleries. The high price of such a building is a tough sell, especially among those who see nothing wrong with a little “fragrant” smoke wafting through the galleries. Who knows what the creators of such high art pieces were smoking anyway, they ask? Meanwhile, proponents of the new building have spotted a site and are just waiting to exhale upon approval.
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