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Thursday, April 17, 2008

This Is Going Up in the Olympic Sculpture Park

posted by on April 17 at 17:08 PM


It’s Dennis Oppenheim’s 18-foot-tall, fiberglass Safety Cones (2007), pictured on Park Avenue, in a rendering by Amy Plumb. (It was actually first installed in December 2007 at the entrance to the SCOPE Miami art fair.) They’re scheduled to be up from mid-May through the fall.

It’s Oppenheim season: The appearance of the cones corresponds with a show of models, drawings, and photographs of Oppenheim’s work at Gallery4Culture starting next first Thursday, May 1, and running through May 30. On April 30 at 7 pm, Oppenheim will give a lecture at the Seattle Public Library. Admission is free.

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Too bad it will have to be moved when the Streetcar Barn goes there.

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 17, 2008 5:12 PM

Those better be stackable during transport. I don't want my tax dollars paying for four flatbeds.

Posted by Ziggity | April 17, 2008 5:21 PM

Can you believe that guy standing in the street on the right hand side of this rendering? I know a rendering is fiction but wow. New York City sure is lawless and disorderly -- people seem to jaywalk with abandon. Gosh, that light is red for him. Doesn't he see it??

Posted by unPC | April 17, 2008 5:23 PM

where are the DO NOT TOUCH!!! signs?

Posted by kinkos | April 17, 2008 5:36 PM

My Two Dads alert! It's not terrible, but Dick Butkis probably thinks its ka-razy.

Posted by Dougsf | April 17, 2008 6:05 PM

Oh, I know! I'll make a 20" diameter fiberglass manhole cover and call it art! I'll make a fortune!

Posted by Reverse Polarity | April 17, 2008 9:16 PM

So, to clarify:

1. Take an everyday object
2. Make it really, really big
4. Art?

Posted by Dade Murphy | April 17, 2008 11:21 PM

yet another coup for the olympic sculpture park. seattle is so world class, it makes my knees fall of.

Posted by quilsone | April 17, 2008 11:40 PM

it looks to be on scale with the typewriter eraser.

Posted by infrequent | April 18, 2008 8:27 AM

I walk by that block on the way to work every day. The building off frame on the right is Lever House, which has a lobby and courtyard that houses some wild art pieces. They just uninstalled the 50 foot statue of a pregnant woman flayed open so you could see the underlying muscle and fetus. That was up for a couple years, I think.

They just cycled a piece out of the lobby that consisted of two sides of beef in a formaldahyde tank with an umbrella and bowler hat (representing a teacher) in front of a "class" of decapitated goats, each in their own glass case of formaldahyde.

It's been replaced by 9 or so rosin nude figures of the artist. He scanned himself and digitally altered the result so that from one angle it appears normal, but from other angles the figure has been compressed or expanded. It's actually really cool, though it kind of hurts your eyes.

Posted by Al | April 18, 2008 9:06 AM

wow. more boring art by 60's has-beens. just what we needed.

Posted by max solomon | April 18, 2008 9:18 AM

ewwww.... what an eyesore.. that's art?

Posted by sepiolida | April 18, 2008 9:23 AM

Question to the peanut gallery: let's say a "world famous" sculpture park decides to install a piece of art that would effectively block pedestrian access on certain pathways to said park for special events. Is it ironic that the piece in question is a set of giant traffic cones? Is SAM once again f'ing with those that run special events by installing giant traffic cones in the way of event attendees? Inquiring minds...

Posted by meh | April 18, 2008 9:33 AM


Posted by inclined | April 18, 2008 10:09 AM

@1 I read that the streetcar barn and the waterfront streetcar itself have been kiboshed. The upcoming work on the viaduct will block the streetcar rails.

Posted by inkweary | April 18, 2008 11:40 AM

#13 - I would answer that question by stating "the only thing that blocks my access to public parks IS special events."

Posted by Dougsf | April 18, 2008 1:48 PM

There will be giant drunk guys to wear them on their heads, right? And yell at hot chicks through them, like megaphones, right?
F'ing sweet! Then throw them on top of bus stops.

Posted by turkeymonkey | April 19, 2008 8:32 AM

hmm, it seems like they won't really work well in the context of a park...

Posted by john | April 21, 2008 6:51 PM

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