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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Sculpture Park High Jinks

posted by on February 15 at 16:30 PM

My stack of police reports includes one about the first major act of graffiti vandalism at the Olympic Sculpture Park. On Friday, February 9, park security caught a young teenage male using an “unknown object” to etch into Wake, a 300-ton sculpture of “actively rusting” steel. Many visitors have imprinted the permeable stubble of rust with fingers and nails. But last Friday’s suspect was forcefully carving with some sort of object. And, he was caught while documenting his enterprise with a cell-phone camera. Strikingly, the guards gave the young man a warning and sent him on his way. Seattle Art Museum spokeswoman Cara Egan says these are “museum guards, not police,” and that “we’re not really going to be detaining people in the park.” Hmmm.

In another sign of the movable feast that is the sculpture park, twee Seattle art types have been leaving gifts of homage at the park. These include a nest of “eaglets” left near the base of the giant Calder Eagle, first reported over at the blog Belltown Bent.


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Posted by link police | February 15, 2007 4:48 PM

This city is totally in denial about taggers and vandals in general.

Posted by chris | February 15, 2007 4:58 PM

Angela - you've lifted my photograph, copied it to your own server, and used it in your article - all without permission, credit, or reference to the article I wrote two days ago.

Thanks to the anonymous "link police" you've shown up in my logs. I know it's not ink on paper, but your Slog is still subject to journalistic best practices, not to mention copyright, or just plain old doing-it-right.

None of the other Seattle metro blogs have a problem with attribution and linking. What's up?

Posted by Bruce Moore | February 15, 2007 5:21 PM

Sorry, Bruce. That shouldn't have happened. I'll add a link right now. I'm sure Angela did it in a rush and if she were still in she'd fix it. She went home sick.

Posted by Dan Savage | February 15, 2007 6:10 PM

Thanks, Dan, for your quick response. Tell Angela to get well soon, and I hope I didn't make her sick.

Posted by Bruce Moore | February 15, 2007 6:17 PM

No, flu going around the office. Sorry again, and great pic.

Posted by Dan Savage | February 15, 2007 6:21 PM

Actually. I got the photo from the Seattle Art Museum's spokeswoman. She didn't give me a credit.

Posted by Angela Valdez | February 15, 2007 8:56 PM

The culprit is nabbed then. Damn SAM.

Posted by Dan Savage | February 15, 2007 11:07 PM

Can we melt down the freakin' "Calder Eagle" already and make some nice rabbit hutches out of it? Christ it's ugly. Nice pic though.

Posted by treacle | February 15, 2007 11:57 PM

Sorry Bruce and Angela! I thought I attached your photo credit line in my email. - Cara

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Posted by bettybooboo | February 19, 2007 8:13 AM

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