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So, do you think this is demonic?

 
 
Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 12:20 pm
Public reaction to a 32 foot horse sculpture is strong.. reports the Wall Street Journal:

link to photo and caption: A Horse of A Different Color Divides Denver

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Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 12:45 pm
We've become a nation filled with people searching out reasons to be upset and indignant.

Who knows. We may actually grow up some day.
Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 12:49 pm
@Frank Apisa,
Quote:
Who knows. We may actually grow up some day.


I wouldn't hold my breath, Frank.
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aidan
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 12:52 pm
@ossobuco,
I thought it looked strikingly beautiful - especially against that dark, cloud-filled sky.
If I landed at that airport and saw that, I'd think I'd landed somewhere really special - reminds me of the saying on the license plates for New Mexico - don't those say 'The Land of Enchantment?
That's what it would make me think of.
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 01:10 pm
My first thought was "horse from the Apocalypse" - which is pretty cool in my opinion. It would probably work better without the red eye. I think that is why people are calling it demonic. The horse itself is dramatic, but not demonic. Maybe a switch to a yellow eye would pacify the superstitious masses.
squinney
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 01:15 pm
I love the bear peeking in the window at th convention center (#6). It's my favorite just because it is whimsical and playful. Had to read the caption to understand the horse on the big red chair. The dancing gumbie people seems a good choice for its location. The mustang at the airport is beautiful. I can see where some might find it frightening for small children, but demonic?
NickFun
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 02:39 pm
I was at an airport recently and there was an iron sculpture of twisted meaninglessness in the parking lot. I understood it was very expensive and no one ever raised a fuss about it. However, they raise a fuss about a steed? Our way of thinking is twisted.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 03:13 pm
@NickFun,
Yeh. I rather like it myself, especially with the dark sky in the background.

I am somewhat interested in artists' rights, the public's rights, public art, government funding and oversight.. those sorts of issues.

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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 03:23 pm
Get that thing out of there. Take it to a museum where it belongs. I get nightmares just thinking about it.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 03:23 pm
@edgarblythe,
I call it, Papa Smurf's Hell
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George
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 03:31 pm
@NickFun,
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I was at an airport recently and there was an iron sculpture of twisted meaninglessness in the parking lot. . . .

That was my kid's car. He found it on Craig's List.
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Diest TKO
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 03:43 pm
To quote my older brother:

That's so ******* metal!!! <guitar motions>
K
O
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Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 03:46 pm
Those people need to stop being pussies...demonic my ass......

THIS is a demonic horse

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v288/stevetheq/profile_horsedemonc.jpg
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 03:49 pm
@Green Witch,
Or a wood eye...






er, kidding.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 04:11 pm
@squinney,
I just noticed the gumbie people are by Jonathan Borofsky..

he did the infamous clown ballerina in Ocean Park (near Venice, CA).. that irritated me, but I didn't really want them to move it.
Hah, the photo says Marina del Rey.. wrong.
http://www.everywheremag.com/places/3922

I did understand and follow the ups and downs of Richard Serra's Tilted Arc at Foley Square in NYC. People both despised it and had to walk around it to get to work, or so they said, and others either liked it or didn't want it to be censored. That was eventually taken down.
http://oglobo.globo.com/blogs/arquivos_upload/2008/06/129_2849-Arco.jpg

A lot of these things are government funded in public space, and the public is arguably the real client, or not the real client. I can see both sides of that.. but
my own question is not so much that any given piece be taken down because of immediate furor, but whether an artist "owns" that space with that piece for unlimited years, decades, centuries, if not otherwise time delineated in an original contract.
chai2
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 04:11 pm
reminds me of the horse in the legend of sleepy hollow.

I like it.

I didn't like the one of the man with his penis on fire though.
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mismi
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 04:16 pm
@ossobuco,
I think it's beautiful...red eyes do tend to portray something demonic at times - at least in the movies - I think it does look a little like a Ringwraith but I don't see a problem with it. Some people have too much time on their hands.

I think it's sad that the sculptor died creating it. The red eyes were a tribute to his Father it says...he made neon signs. But even if it didn't have some kind of meaning I don't know why people are making such a fuss.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 04:18 pm
@ossobuco,
Another effort to show Borofsky's Ballerina Clown -
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/d/da/Ballerina_Clown_by_Jonathon_Borofsky.jpg/180px-Ballerina_Clown_by_Jonathon_Borofsky.jpg
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 06:04 pm
@ossobuco,
Replying to self - the ballerina clown is really not relevant, since it's on private property, even if the public does see it, and enjoy it or not. Or, at least the questions are different.
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BarbieQPickle
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 07:46 pm
That scuplture is awesome I love it! I wish it was here so I could see it..

 

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