A simple phrase scratched on a Subway wall. I saw the pic flash past my FaceBook feed and knabbed it quicker than a Chameleon's tongue. ( please don't click the link, it's utterly disgusting.... you have been warned! )
I love the sentiment in the phrase, as in a few words, it succinctly infers that the creation, and admiration of Art is a trait which pairs us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom.
Weeeell, maybe it doesn't quite suggest that, but there is more than a touch of 'I think therefore I am' about it. See Think Tank for debates.
Um, you don't get squirrels gnawing that sort of 'statement' into tree bark.... or marking their nuts with it. Do you see where I'm going with this?
Do animals create? Or do they admire Art, creativity? Does yer Dolphin, who's just done a Flick Flack through a hoop ( backwards, yeah? ) grabs a fish on the way down, perfect no splash re-entry, then does that 'backwards-swimming-on-the-tail-making-that-ghastly-racket-that-some-people-can-immitate-but-they-are-wierdos-noise'.
How you you know that he's not thinking to himself' "Yues! 'ave it!"
Or when the spider finishes that last thread, does she step back and go "hmmm, that's quite neat!" Or does the male Peacock when he fans out that spendour, think "Gue on, cop a loada that! lookutter shine on 'at!" or is he perhaps merely thinking, Chr*st I need a shag!?"
C'mon. Horses that can paint pictures, huh? think about it. How de WE know that Mr. Ed is not thinking "yes there is an underlying mood the Cobhalt allows me to achieve, which I explore to the full"
I believe that animals create art, the birds Twitter for example, and appreciate it too.
What do YOU think?