After my titanic doubts about the value of art yesterday, today's L.A. Times had an article that answered them. It was about artist Elmer Long and his Bottle Tree Ranch. He started sculpting bottle trees in his yard in the desert after he retired. After creating hundreds of his artworks, he said, "It changes you. It changed me. I'm a much better person than I was."
Here is the link to the article: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-me-bottle-farm-20111204,0,4510530.story
And here is a link to a YouTube video about Elmer Long: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xD-nVh49xnM