You should know the history of this sculpture. It was built after a lunatic crashed a Porsche (I believe it was) at high speed through the plate-glass windows, just after a bunch of kids (Cub Scouts, perhaps) had left the area. I think, thank God, that only one employee was injured. So the sculpture is there to keep cars out. And it could've been worse: his original sketch for the piece depicted a typical American couple having sex while watching TV. I saw the sketch.
So is the girl kicking the dog and why don't they get a fucking bigger couch.
This sculpture really speaks to me-
It says, "Even if you can't afford a fucking couch, you can still watch TV."
Was this done by the same guy who did the Fremont bus people?
I agree this is fug, but "worse than Hendrix"? Are you referring to the Hendrix statue on Broadway, at Pine? I like that one!!!
Is it modeled on the family in For Better or For Worse?
That meeting will be about as likely to happen as The Stranger's executive team is to meet with Church Council of Greater Seattle.
Tim @1 has the design part right. More on the story... a small inside story... that ugly ass thing was part of a laundry list of things which could never be changed when the Bullitt's family sold the station some 15 odd years ago.
You hate it, I hate it, the staff at KING/NWCN hate it, and you better believe the Texas-based corporate overlords of Belo hate it. But, it can't be move... not without some serious legal hating going on.
On another note, rumor also has it, I believe it is actually Dorthy herself, is entombed inside of an old bank vault (the bank vault is part of an older building pre-dating KING and Television in general) inside of the building. All I know is, the vault is real and anyone who might be in the know, won't open the vault or talk about why the vault won't be opened.
Good enough for me to make the rumor real.
does the little plaque on the ground tell people not to touch the expensive piece of artwork, or is that just reserved for the even worse plop art in the olympic sculpture park?
The George Washington statue at the UW will come alive to protect Seattle in its darkest time of need. What are these lazy schlubs going to contribute?
New art at King Five
Couch potatoes made of plaster
Mocking my TV
i dib dont KNOWW BUT IT WAS GOOD crappppppppppppppppppper!! 1!!
I believe it says something to the effect of, "Trying crashing your car through THIS, Asswipe!"
I want to see the Flickr slideshow of each of their faces gettin' humped.
Monkey @ 4 -- Yes. Same artist as Waiting for the Interurban in Fremont.
What would happen if that statue travelled back in time and stood at that very spot the day the Porsche flew towards the building. It might have stopped the car from hitting the building, but that would have prevented the the overall accident, and it wouldn't have occurred to anyone to build the statue in the first place...I don't know how to figure this out - if anyone can please post - but @4, I think being a time traveling statue warrants some respect.
The cat is the smartest of the bunch, she turns her back on the television.
this is the same dumbed down public art they did on the Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis. It used to have a Calder mobile and other quality art but now has pathetic innocuous art that can not possibly offend anyone, for example, Loons in a pool of water.
I thought it was a good likeness of me.
Leave Jimi alone. After seeing what happened to him in last year's Hump! festival, I feel bad for him every time I walk by him.
"It was built after a lunatic crashed a Porsche (I believe it was) at high speed through the plate-glass windows": My friend who worked at the station back then said TWO different people drove into the station at different times.
Glenn, good point. That does complicate my temporal paradox a bit...
Just please pray that the people that dress up the Fremont sculpture don't find this one, and start dressing it up. That's done and overdone now. Every time I go to Rat City I see those stupid sculptures on Fauntleroy wearing some dumbass outfit or two.
Where are you driving from? Rat City (a.k.a., White Center) is about four miles away from the statues you mention.
I've already sewn cute little angel wings for all the peoples and animals in the group ... be fun dressing it up!
@19 - what happened to Jimi last year?
@22 - People have been doing that for a long, long, time . . . have you seen Say Anything? I think if anyone were going to dress up this atrocity it would've happened already.
I hate that sculpture more than any piece of public art I’ve ever encountered. In fact, it may be the *only* piece of public art I’ve ever actually hated. Everything about it is just…wrong.
Least it's not saying that every person has to be beautiful. I know I like it a hell of a lot more than the so called "art" I read about that used diamonds in a cast of a skull and put real teeth from the skull the cast was made of inside... Now THAT is stupid. This statue's just an annoyance.
I never liked the Fremont statues.
They both look like they were done sometime between graham crakers and milk and nap time.
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