if only.

Once they finish boxing it up
do we get to send it back?

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24 Responses:

  1. wikkit42 says:

    Hey, I know what I'll propose for this public art contract! A giant version of some object! No one has ever done that before.

  2. britgeekgrrl says:

    Oh, if only. I hate that frakkin' thing, and I'm usually quite tolerant of damfool civic art projects.

  3. gwillen says:

    Heh, this reminds me of CMU's own embarassing erection, Walking To The Sky.

  4. skreidle says:

    What is it?

    • bodyfour says:

      Quoting wikipedia:

      > A sculpture, "Cupid's Span" by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, was built in 2003
      > along the Rincon Park area. Resembling Cupid's bow and arrow with the arrow implanted
      > in the ground, the statue symbolizes the place where Tony Bennett "left his heart".

      ...which makes it sound even stupider than it looks.

      • skreidle says:

        ...wow. That's certainly special.

      • jwz says:

        I disagree. I think it looks exactly as stupid as that sounds.

        • bodyfour says:

          I have to confess an odd sentimental fondness for the ugly thing. It's one of the first things I see coming out of the Muni tunnel on the way to work. It gives a warm feeling of "Wow, someone actually thought this would be a good idea. Isn't San Francisco precious?"

  5. elliterati says:

    So, as a non-San Francisco person, can I ask, why are they boxing it up?

  6. killbox says:

    Out in Albuquerque, we have had one of those for atleast 40 years. well minus the bow and string... and park.

    Ive often wanted to site down it to see where it could have been launched from.


    • cattycritic says:

      Thank you for reminding me where I regularly remember seeing this for 8 years (when I lived in Albq).

      The one there at least earned cheesy 1960s "Old West" points. This one has no excuses.

      Now I'm pining for a Dos Hermanos breakfast burrito.

      /misses green chile

    • romulusnr says:

      Reminds me of.

  7. Remind me to tell you sometime about the panic attack I had when faced with giant public art (first "Charlie Brown" in the Gap building and then that thing). It involved me hyperventilating and running several blocks down the Embarcadero to get away from it. I believe it was God punishing me for interviewing for a job at bananarepublic.com.

  8. lohphat says:

    It's right outside of the former Netscape HQ in Paris (the CNIT building in La Defense). The joke was if you looked at it while still in the building you'd be looking at the back of it while the doorway obscured the top of the thumb. It just looked like a veiny cock.

  9. Ah hell, just bring all your oversized-random-object public art to Kansas City and we'll host it here.We like feeling small... I think.

  10. ammonoid says:

    In DC we have this:The cupids arrow thing is dumb, tho.

    • gryazi says:

      Last I heard, they're going to dig that up and make it the centerpiece of some sort of engineered boardwalk/tourist-mall (the shopping kind) monstrosity.

      It's not bad where it is, in-the-middle-of-nowhere enough to surprise you and interesting enough to draw people to the park. Kids seemed to get a real kick out of it, but somehow I don't think it'll have the same impact as the centerpiece to a million flashing distractions.

  11. romulusnr says:

    This would be entirely acceptable IMO if a similarly-lengthed, -gauged, and -aligned arrow point sculpture was installed at the opposite terminus of the chord line.

    Even better with an at-grade steel walkway going between the two.