Do you know Brancusi's bird?
American customs officers did not know what to do with Brancusi's Bird
After giving it some thought they imposed the standard tariff for manufactured objects of metal:
40 percent of the sale price, or $240 (about $2,400 in today’s dollars).
So much for abstract art.
Who and what purpose does it serve?
It is directed at viewers, critics, everyone.
The egg – sculpture could be defined in a different manner. We can see a compact, rounded stone enclosing space.
We do not see the Bird, we see the Egg. Once again, we deal with the question which came first the chicken or the egg.
This is art. An artist has an idea, which he executes and shows to the public, leaving the viewers with a dilemma of how to interpret and understand it.