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This stone sculpture, also in front of the fire station, at least has the honesty of being heavy.

And non-combustible!

Posted by MvB | January 22, 2008 11:35 AM

Whimsical art is the opiate of the middle class

Posted by vooodooo84 | January 22, 2008 11:35 AM

Can you write 500 words giving a Marxist interpretation of Anne Geddes' photography by Friday? That would be awesome!

Posted by dreamboatcaptain | January 22, 2008 11:51 AM

This is just filler between the usual tit posts.

Posted by Rotten666 | January 22, 2008 11:57 AM

Giant butt-plugs! I hope public arts funds paid for them...

Posted by Andy Niable | January 22, 2008 12:06 PM

That's a lot of filler, Chuck, just to describe a place for dogs to pee.

Posted by DaiBando | January 22, 2008 12:31 PM


Posted by a | January 22, 2008 12:38 PM

chaz suffers from tardism.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | January 22, 2008 1:30 PM

Most public art is lighthearted. Most of it is politically motivated. Depends on who is running city hall and views of the age group and their views that decides upon these things. Most fall into the clasifaction of "Baby boomers". Comfortable powerful individuals that want things to be "nice" whimsical and inoffensive. There is Graffiti and there is public art. One is produced by Anonymous artists trying to make a statement the other is produced by artists that are known and have to jump through hoops set up by bureaucracy. We end up with tons of public art reflecting those in power at the time and never end up with something that is powerful and loved by many. Something people would stand up for if it was to be torn down. Banksy is an artist that has crossed over into that realm in which the people love his work but it was never chosen by panels of people in power. It goes against that decision making by powers that want safe whimsical art.
Public art today is for tourists. Public art in the past was above the thinking of the average person heading to work in an office high above the street only to come out for lunch and sit next to a Henry Moore unaware that its' power was playing on their minds while they sat and had coffee and lunch outside next to the art. This whimsical art is plain and safe. "Vertebrae" or "Knife Edge" wasn't.


Posted by -B- | January 22, 2008 1:50 PM
Posted by -B- | January 22, 2008 1:50 PM
"Whimsy has no power because it has no enemy"
No enemy? You are much too modest, or, well, maybe not, the "Dear Science Letter of the Day" got about 3 times as many comments, and it was just a copy and paste of an anonymous letter.
"Today, whimsy is far from revolutionary. It has been absorbed by the order it originally opposed"
You mean like this?, not that the subject was whimsical, but the placement of it seems to be.
Posted by Epimetheus | January 22, 2008 4:56 PM



Posted by Horihone Saizou | January 22, 2008 5:13 PM

big square turd in front of firehouse

Posted by cracked | January 22, 2008 5:51 PM

I don't like the way that grown up male "hydrant" is looking at the little boy "hydrant." How much more CHILD RAPE is Seattle going to tolerate in its public art?!

This perverted art ought to be burned! (Whoops, I said "ought", that's a capitalist word...)

Posted by CP | January 22, 2008 6:34 PM

Charles. You've heard of Bobby Knight? Bobby has a simple rule: no dunking till you can dribble.

You spelled Engels wrong.

No dunking for you, yet...

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | January 22, 2008 9:21 PM

Why is CM still being ?paid?

Oh, wait, I guess the controversy that has generated these slog comments is probably worth.... $1.45 in advertising revenues from "escorts" who would otherwise shop elsewhere....

Posted by ??? | January 22, 2008 11:31 PM

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