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Let's cut through the hundreds of words of modern-art bullshittery and just say how this looks more like someone experiencing the final expulsion of a huge, hard, painful shit.

Posted by The CHZA | March 20, 2007 5:53 PM

Jen, have you seen The Life and Times of Vincent Van Gogh? In my opinion it's the best film about him. I bring it up because the scene of his suicide looks very much like that memorial sculpture, though from his own POV.

Posted by daniel | March 20, 2007 9:07 PM

I guess one would have to gaze upon it in person, but it does not appear to give off much of the drama or hysteria of the circumstances it supposedly references.

While were at it, what is it with Stranger writers waxing poetic about buildings or sculpture, their observations based solely upon tiny images they discover on the internets?

Posted by Jim Demetre | March 20, 2007 9:23 PM

Your description is better than the work. Designer-y looking early 70s gee gaw.

Posted by rufus jones | March 20, 2007 9:39 PM

I am thankful the grotesque butchery by an insane religious fanatic of Mr. Van Gogh has received a memorial. A victim of ignorance.

Posted by Laurence Ballard | March 21, 2007 9:07 AM

Not to be pedantic, but isn't that Ayaan Hirsi Ali, not Hirsa Ali?

Posted by Ursula | March 21, 2007 10:24 AM

Scuptures of contemporary heros should focus on common people in uncommon struggles. The ghost bikes are an excellent example.

But something more monumental should be put up to commemorate the WTO in downtown in 1999. Maybe a kenetic sculpture that sprays pepper spray.

Posted by RainMonkey | March 21, 2007 10:48 AM

It does scream 1970s. Since I'm in my 40s I kind of like it. But I do think it fails to convey its meaning.

Posted by elswinger | March 21, 2007 4:44 PM

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