Is it possible that art has the power to change the world? While some would be quick to disagree, after reading Jerry Saltz's, "The Whole Ball of Wax," I was convinced that art does in fact have more power than one would think. As Saltz points out, art may not be able to solve some of life’s major problems, but it does have the power to change the world "incrementally and by osmosis." In simpler terms, it may not directly change the world in a major way, but it can have the power to change one’s ideas or knowledge without he or she even consciously realizing it. Art is just as useful as any other form of knowledge. One story that I found particularly interesting was about the Italian Jurist, Antonio Cassese, who served on the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in the Hague. Cassese would sometimes go to the museum to look at two beautiful paintings, not because they were beautiful, but because he claimed that they were “invented to heal pain.” Cassese looked beyond the physical aspect of these paintings and instead experienced them. Admiring these paintings allowed him to escape physical reality for a little and alter his feelings in a positive way. This example emphasizes the point that art is not made to merely be looked at. It has “thought and experience embedded in it” and therefore has the power to change one’s mindset. Art can help broaden a person’s ideas, beliefs or feelings which can then lead to change. Sometimes the answer to a problem is not directly in front of a person, and art can be a means to find it.