The Impermanence of Art

I came across this post the other day about the coffee art of a particular barista and it got me to thinking about all the impermanent art we experience. And I was thinking do we really appreciate how ephemeral so much art can be and does it even matter as long as we are experiencing it, making some kind of connection, being spurred to action or being inspired by it? I don’t really think it does matter if we make the connection that most art is so fleeting in the large scheme of things, but I guess I do hope that many of us to make that connection because I want to recognize the art makers.  Plus, I don’t think it’s ideal if people only think of the Mona Lisa or Picasso when thinking about art. I think that would be a real shame and would make art less of the visceral, tangible, everyday miracle that I think it is.

So, to get us all thinking about art in different ways, I thought I would share some images of impermanent art–things like coffee art, chalk street art, natural art–that might help you appreciate the art in your everyday life.

Cigarette ash painting from artist Hannah Bertram via Etsy.

Impermanent Sand Paintings by Andres Amador via Colossal.

Living art from artist Walter Mason via GreenMuze.

Coffee Skyline via Colossal.

Natural art installations by Swiss artist Sylvain Meyer via Colossal.

“This is not graffiti” via by schoenstrat.

Chalk street art via byRickJordan.

Indoor cloud from Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde via abc.

Dirty Car art by Scott Wade via

Ice art on Lake Baikal in Siberia by artist Jim Denevan via iamnotartist.