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Is this art or just a waste of time?

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The search for a needle in a haystack has begun in Paris. Why, I'm not sure. The search for a needle in a haystack has begun in Paris. Why, I'm not sure.
KHQ.com - I realize that art is subjective. It's all in the eye of the beholder. I can look at a painting or listen to an album and appreciate the process it took to create the piece, whether I think it's good or bad. But is performing a mundane task based on a cliche phrase art? Some guy in Paris thinks so.  

Italian artist Sven Sachsalber will spend 48 hours this weekend sifting through an immense pile of hay searching for... a needle. A needle in a hay stack. Get it? Intrigued? I'm more confused than anything. 

"Why?" is the biggest question that comes to mind. 

The art gallery's president said the point of the stunt, and I guess the qualifier for it being classified as art, is to "explore the complex relationship between words and actions." Right. 

I'm a communications major. I know the concept of "there are no wrong answers," but... come on! Really? 

Regardless of my perception, the stunt is happening in Paris at the Palais De Tokyo Gallery for the next two days if you feel compelled to hop on a Learjet and pay money to watch some guy dig through a massive pile of hay. And more power to Mr. Sachsalber if people are willing to pay to watch him do it. But be warned, he may find it before the 48 hours is up. He may not find it. It could be a huge letdown. And I'm also not sure what happens if he finds it. He gets to finish that pants hemming project he's been working on? I don't know.

I'm assuming the price of admission to watch this is hefty, but if watching people digging through hay is your thing, I'll save you the expensive transatlantic round trip flight, pricey Paris hotel, the hassle of exchanging your currency and learning French, and you can come down to my mother's farm in Plaza, Washington and I'll only charge you $30 each to watch me dig through some hay for an hour (minimum 200 attendees required. "If you're good at something never do it for free," as Heath Ledger's Joker said. And I am good at digging through piles of hay. I think.). It doesn't even have to be a needle. Bring your own object! "A bobby pin in a haystack works too, right?" How about a "Playstation 3 copy of Madden '09 with Brett Farve on the cover in a haystack"? Whatever you'd like. Fifty cents a minute! Can't beat that! I'm an artist!

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