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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.

Posted by Tim Appelo | June 20, 2007 3:45 PM

So is the girl kicking the dog and why don't they get a fucking bigger couch.

Posted by Giffy | June 20, 2007 3:50 PM

This sculpture really speaks to me-

It says, "Even if you can't afford a fucking couch, you can still watch TV."

Posted by Griff | June 20, 2007 3:51 PM

Was this done by the same guy who did the Fremont bus people?

Posted by monkey | June 20, 2007 3:55 PM

I agree this is fug, but "worse than Hendrix"? Are you referring to the Hendrix statue on Broadway, at Pine? I like that one!!!

Posted by duncan | June 20, 2007 3:57 PM

Is it modeled on the family in For Better or For Worse?

Posted by SEAN NELSON, EMERITUS | June 20, 2007 3:58 PM

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.

Posted by Phenics | June 20, 2007 4:01 PM

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?

Posted by kinkos | June 20, 2007 4:01 PM

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?

Posted by Jay | June 20, 2007 4:08 PM

New art at King Five
Couch potatoes made of plaster
Mocking my TV

Posted by Haiku Guy | June 20, 2007 4:16 PM

i dib dont KNOWW BUT IT WAS GOOD crappppppppppppppppppper!! 1!!

Posted by homeles DUUUUUUUDE!@! | June 20, 2007 4:30 PM


I believe it says something to the effect of, "Trying crashing your car through THIS, Asswipe!"

Posted by COMTE | June 20, 2007 4:32 PM

I want to see the Flickr slideshow of each of their faces gettin' humped.

Posted by demolator | June 20, 2007 4:42 PM

Monkey @ 4 -- Yes. Same artist as Waiting for the Interurban in Fremont.

Posted by R on Beacon | June 20, 2007 4:47 PM

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.

Posted by Jude Fawley | June 20, 2007 4:50 PM

The cat is the smartest of the bunch, she turns her back on the television.

Posted by Kristi in Kitsap | June 20, 2007 4:56 PM

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.

Posted by charlie in st. paul | June 20, 2007 5:06 PM

I thought it was a good likeness of me.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 20, 2007 5:16 PM

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.

Posted by JC | June 20, 2007 5:21 PM

"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.

Posted by Glenn Fleishman | June 20, 2007 6:31 PM

Glenn, good point. That does complicate my temporal paradox a bit...

Posted by Jude Fawley | June 20, 2007 7:36 PM

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.

Posted by Dr_Awesome | June 20, 2007 8:45 PM

#22 -

Where are you driving from? Rat City (a.k.a., White Center) is about four miles away from the statues you mention.

Posted by Creek | June 20, 2007 10:15 PM

I've already sewn cute little angel wings for all the peoples and animals in the group ... be fun dressing it up!

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 20, 2007 11:35 PM

@19 - what happened to Jimi last year?

Posted by Joey the Girl | June 21, 2007 6:50 AM

@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.

Posted by Levislade | June 21, 2007 9:00 AM

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.


Posted by Ryan | June 21, 2007 10:07 AM

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.

Posted by lab0990 | June 21, 2007 11:22 AM

I never liked the Fremont statues.

They both look like they were done sometime between graham crakers and milk and nap time.

Posted by monkey | June 21, 2007 11:37 AM

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