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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Aspiring Pollock

posted by on April 2 at 11:51 AM

calandersonpaint.jpgThe fountain mound at Cal Anderson Park. Not the ugliest vandalism on the block, though it’s a bummer the water turned murky as a result.

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Whoever did that needs to be shot.

That fountain and park is a beautiful oasis in the middle of Cap Hill.

Thanks assholes.

Posted by Jeff | April 2, 2008 11:58 AM

I hope that's not permanent.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | April 2, 2008 11:58 AM

my thoughts exactly. quit reading my diary.

Posted by adrian | April 2, 2008 12:00 PM

I am so sick of all these dumbfucks ruining everything. They're not aspiring Pollocks. They're accomplished assholes

Posted by Darrell | April 2, 2008 12:02 PM

Hope that's food coloring, cause it did look kind of pretty.

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 2, 2008 12:04 PM

I was wondering why the water was dirt-shit brown yesterday. Figured Ecce Homo touched it or something.

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 2, 2008 12:08 PM

Feathers in the water would make that so cool.

Posted by Bob | April 2, 2008 12:14 PM

Oh come on you guys it's ART, gheezuz everything the cool hipster kids do you old farts get all bothered about. Lighten up and relax. Who is this hurting? See the hipster kids are just having fun. Oh they're 32 and still living at home, but they're still hip, ya know.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | April 2, 2008 12:22 PM

I want Jen to write a quick art review of it.

Posted by NaFun | April 2, 2008 12:24 PM

It's an invitation for vandalism. This doesn't look bad now, but just wait until some kids on speed get a hold of some spray paint and are super high from the fumes. That will be the real bummer.

Posted by bored4life | April 2, 2008 12:29 PM

Now, now, Sargon - just because one has reached their early 30's, doesn't mean they can't have an occasional burst of youthful pranksterism - assuming of course that this stuff is water-soluble and bio-degradeable.

In fact, I'd say many of the surly, churlish curmudgeons doing the virtual equivalant of trying to chase the kids off the vacant lot next door could well use a few moments of such youthful exhuberance and joi d' vivre - if only to help loosen up those tightly clenched sphincters and allow for some healthy colonic peristalsis.

Posted by COMTE | April 2, 2008 12:30 PM


Posted by superyeadon | April 2, 2008 12:31 PM

that's not art.

just kidding!

it's obviously art; very bad art.

Posted by infrequent | April 2, 2008 12:40 PM

Somebody find out COMTE's address and post it so these nitwits can do his house next. Then we'll see how much joie de vivre he has.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | April 2, 2008 12:43 PM

I took a shit and Mr. Poe was the result.

Can I be called an aspiring Pollock too?

Posted by ecce homo | April 2, 2008 12:48 PM

Hey, before you all trip over yourselves being too PC and too "down with the youth" to say that vandalizing sculpture in a public park is a dick move, I talked to the Parks people trying to clean it up.
It's NOT water soluble, it's NOT biodegradable, it's NOT coming off, it'll take a long time to clean and they'll be shutting down the fountain until they can get it off somehow.

Posted by Not the artist | April 2, 2008 12:52 PM

Same thing was done to the UW building next to the montlake bridge a month or two ago.

Posted by A Non Imus | April 2, 2008 12:54 PM

Yeah, Capitol Hill is just a great place to live, violence, vandalism and VD. HEY!! The Three V's of Capitol Hill!!!!!

Posted by Andrew | April 2, 2008 12:59 PM

The jackholes responsible should have their private parts mutilated in some horrible way, hopefully at the hands of those who now have to clean all this shit up.

Posted by Matthew | April 2, 2008 1:01 PM

I kinda like it. It's like whenever people put bubble bath in the Haller Fountain in Port Townsend. Except, this is paint, and paint can be toxic and permanent.

Posted by catnextdoor | April 2, 2008 1:02 PM

@7 - now THAT was funny. Almost spit up my tea ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 2, 2008 1:08 PM

Horrible. I hope they catch the fuckers responsible.

Posted by Explorer | April 2, 2008 1:11 PM

Paint-splatterer: you are a FUCKING ASSHOLE. Seriously, I hope you get hit by a car and live another fifty years immobilized and in horrible agony.

Posted by Fnarf | April 2, 2008 1:17 PM

Don't hold back, Fnarf, tell us how you REALLY feel.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | April 2, 2008 1:22 PM

I work near - high quality real paint - a hell of a time removing it - parks people are very angry, and so am I.

Not funny, witty or artistic. Three months of county jail time will be so hip for someone.

It is a great park, just for hanging out. (secret, sorta cruisey in the pm, take your dog with you, and a pint and a joint)

Posted by John | April 2, 2008 1:24 PM

Thanks for clearing that up, @16 - these people are grade-a douches and should be dragged behind a metro bus all day.

Posted by Levislade | April 2, 2008 1:24 PM

Fountains are much beloved by the public but are expensive to maintain so things like this further discourage public entities from installing them. I used to think soap bubbles in a fountain were funny until I found out that draining and cleaning a large fountain costs several hundreds of dollars. Paint can ruin the filters so it can then cost thousands to fix. When "youthful joie de vivre" damages other peoples' or public property it is vandalism.

Posted by inkweary | April 2, 2008 1:26 PM

The fountain has been "broken" for two months. I'm surprised it took this long to get vandalized.

Fix the god damned thing before it happens again.

Posted by monkey | April 2, 2008 1:36 PM

isn't this water supposed to be part of an emergency reservoir?

Posted by shaun | April 2, 2008 1:39 PM

@29, yeah, it's just above the old reservoir. Are they connected? Why hasn't Bush swooped in to declare Red Terrorism Threat Level 29. Screw jail time for these vandals, they're goin' to Gitmo.

Posted by Mason | April 2, 2008 1:53 PM

it's certainly not an emergency reservoir of art.

Posted by infrequent | April 2, 2008 1:53 PM

People really suck.

Posted by Mary | April 2, 2008 2:31 PM

Look at this fountain. What does this fountain say about our society? Why is it that the co-mingling of such bright, florescent colors results only in the dullest, murkiest of grays? Is this fountain racist? Or could this be the greatest, most eloquent statement on race relations in the history of art, ever?

Posted by C. Mudede | April 2, 2008 2:41 PM

This is fucked up. Nothing but. Completely. Fucked. Up.

Posted by Tom | April 2, 2008 2:49 PM

Okay, non-biodegradable, non-water soluble, toxic paint = BAD, I completely agree, and again thanks for the clarification on that @16.

And before the knee-jerking mouth-breathers out there start crying "hypocrite!", as will invariably be the case, please note I did make a qualification to that effect in my original post. A little youthful joi d' vivre that doesn't fuck up anything except people's narrow-minded perceptions is one thing; but even my uber-liberal POV recognizes this transgresses beyond simple innocuous, joyful pranksterism.

@29: the above-ground fountains at Cal Anderson are NOT in any way connected to the city water reservoir below-ground (after all they let kids and dogs play in 'em, and you know how they are around water) so no worries on that particular point.

Posted by COMTE | April 2, 2008 3:13 PM

Why the fuck doesn't the Stranger take a stand and call this what it is. Fucking Vandalism!!! I really hope this is not permanent. And those of you on the Stranger who regard this as art-work, give me your address and I will leave some fucking artwork on your garage door or car. And how about I take a crap on your doorstep and call that art too?!!

Posted by TCO | April 2, 2008 4:50 PM

@24 -- how I really feel? The people who did this should be staked out on the lawn -- stakes through flesh -- and smeared with excrement and honey, and eaten alive by insects.

Posted by Fnarf | April 2, 2008 5:13 PM

If I pay you to do it then its art...

Posted by MadDog | April 2, 2008 5:15 PM

@36: I called it vandalism. Of course it pissed me off; it's disrespectful to the beauty of that structure and gnarly property damage that will cost all of us via the Parks Department. But mild to moderate outrage is an inevitable reaction to the photograph without me having to get all blowhard about it.

Posted by Amy Kate Horn | April 2, 2008 5:19 PM

It's a bad 80s vomit nightmare, not a welcome sight on my slog through the park on my way to work. It mixes perfectly with all the garbage that collects in the grates at the bottom of the fountain. Of course, the vandal probably loves all this attention and incensed dialogue. For that I will regret this post.

Posted by Eric | April 2, 2008 9:13 PM

this represents Capitol hill in the worst way I think we all would like the person responsible for this to answer the million-dollar question what gives u the right to have done this?

Posted by Edward | April 3, 2008 12:27 PM

this represents Capitol hill in the worst way I think we all would like the person responsible for this to answer the million-dollar question what gives u the right to have did this?

Posted by Edward | April 3, 2008 12:27 PM

this represents Capitol hill in the worst way I think we all would like the person responsible for this to answer the million-dollar question what gives u the right to have did this?

Posted by Edward | April 3, 2008 12:28 PM

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