On the 'Rrrun'
Original post made by Samuel James Moore on Jul 9, 2006
Dictated by Sam, age 5.
on Jul 10, 2006 at 2:10 pm
If there's one thing I can't stand now about California Avenue -- and I used to love California Avenue -- it's that weird "sculpture" of the giant head with legs.
Calling it a sculpture is giving it far more dignity than it deserves. The thing is bizarre, meaningless and unpleasant. It intrudes, bringing its message of absurdity and just plain wackiness to what used to be an easy going street. Garbage. If it were legal to do so, I'd be first in line to volunteer to haul it off to the junkyard, which is where it belongs. I'd be embarassed if I lived or worked on that street.
In seeing that ridiculous looking car sculpture in Friday's Palo Alto Weekly, I suspected that I would finally learn who made that object on California Avenue, and I was right. God!
I'm not an artist and I know it. The woman who made these objects outght to take up another profession.
on Jul 10, 2006 at 2:29 pm
Frank Bravo is a registered user.
The Weekly had a story about the art on Friday, July 7. You can read the story here: Web Link
on Jul 10, 2006 at 5:14 pm
People previously on the Arts Commission should not be paid for their art by the same Art Commission simply because it leads to a sense of improper behavior. Furthermore, when most people's reactions to the two pieces are so negative, it makes everybody wonder. As the article said, nobody wanted to pay $40K for it. Why should the city of Palo Alto pay for it at its discounted $18K price?
Given that it is now owned by the City, I suggest that it be sold on Ebay and that the funds be used for other art projects. I wonder how high the bid for this thing would go!
Two art work pieces by the same ex-Arts Commissioner artist is also extreme. I suggest that in the future the so called Arts Commission do a competition, not to scale models can be exhibited in some in-doors or out-doors public space and after discarding the most heavily opposed and most agreed upon hideous pieces they choose among the remaining ones.
I hope not to ever have to see more City funds go to this artist.