The power of art lies in its reduction of complex abstractions to the perceptual level. For example, a sculpture of a strong, intelligent man represents the metaphysical value judgment of the artist that man is efficacious in an intelligible universe. Holding a wide abstraction in his immediate perceptual awareness is powerfully necessary to a conceptual consciousness. Just as fine art reduces complex abstractions to percepts, there are everyday perceptual level experiences that can concretize economic and political abstractions although it does not really constitute art since it is not a selective re-creation of reality - it is reality. However, such processes can still serve a similiar function in terms of giving us a simpler form with which to hold a more complex idea.
For example, if one were to drive on I-95 in southern Florida, one would witness hundreds of miles of decrepit, potholed concrete, suddenly shifting curves awkwardly designed to avoid construction, lack of lane delineations, idled equipment, traffic jams, and frequent breakdowns and deadly car accidents. Such an experience enables one to hold in his perceptual field the following abstraction: government intervention in the economy. In other words, in a cursory glance one can perceive the destruction, inefficiency, and suffering that results from state intervention in the marketplace . The same abstraction can be concretized by observing a public housing project, a public school, public transportation, etc. In fact, I submit that all of I-95 in southern Florida be regarded as a work of naturalistic performance art dedicated to the theme of capitalism vs. socialism or life vs. death.