Let's stipulate that a piece of art is first and foremost an artifact. (See the examples shown below.) An artifact is a thing that made or used for a purpose. Any purpose.
In any case, this is a gallery of useless artifacts. Their purpose is to be useless... with an exception here and there. They're generally fragile. And few are worth anything more than the cost of their construction (according to the IRS).
Their materials are simply various types of mud, metal and fiber whipped together in various forms. Sorta like me. Some are made of things far more evanescent, more abstract: words.
Still, I find them highly evocative and meaningful. They're dispatches from the front... highlights of the struggle for sentient consciousness. Some older. Some very recent.
Submit yours, if you care to, to firstname.lastname@example.org, for consideration as time allows.
Image: The saltcellar of King Francis I of France
Artist: Florentine sculptor Benvenuto Cellini
Cast Gold on Ivory base circa early 1540s.
Cellini also created bronzes. In his Autobiography, Cellini wrote that the two figures in this piece were "fashioned like a woman with all the beauty of form, the grace and charm, of which my art was capable." The piece is 26 by 33.3 cm (10.25 by 13.1 in) and was stolen from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria, in 2003.
It is considered priceless.
People with information regarding this theft should contact the nearest FBI field office or United States Embassy.
Image: One Afternoon
Artist: David Chorlton; Phoenix, AZ
Watercolor & Pastel @ 22" x 30"