If you’re one of those “keeping up with the Joneses” competitive types, you may as well just give it up. Some Russian megabillionaire named Andrey Melnichenko is spending $450 million on the world’s largest sailing yacht.
One of our friends once observed that if you’re measuring your self-worth by comparing your bankroll to others, you’re doomed to failure. There’s always going to be someone, like Mr. Melnichenko, whose financial statement will to blow you out of the water. And in fact Mr. Melnichenko, whose yacht will weigh 14,224 tons, is worth about $9 billion — an unimaginably huge sum to most of us — but he’s only ranked 97th on the Forbes list of world billionaires. (He’s also married to a “supermodel” unknown to me, by the way.)
So how do you complete with somebody like Mr. M? How about in the creativity department? He’s named his massive craft “Sailing Yacht A.”
Somewhere along the Maine coastline, you will find Nervous Nellie’s Jams and Jellies. It’s home not only to some great and inventive jams and jellies, but also to the sculpture of Peter Beerits — an artist who creates interesting pieces out of discarded odds and ends.
The area around Nervous Nellie’s is chock full of Beerits’ work, including pieces organized into an entire Old West town, complete with jail, general store, and a saloon with card players. The artwork has a certain fascination to it, because Beerits obviously can see through the current condition of an object to its ultimate, artistic realization — where a rusted top of an outdoor grill becomes the shell of a tortoise, or an old washtub serves as the legs of a goat. It’s all quite in line with Michelangelo’s purported statement that his sculptures were always there, lurking inside the block of marble — he just was able to see them, and then could chop and smooth away the unnecessary stuff.
It’s cool to see what most of us would consider to be junk reused, and reimagined, into interesting pieces of art.