Here it is, folks. Take a gander. It stands about 5 feet high and has suddenly appeared along the route I take to and from the L. If you’d like to see it in 3-D, it’s on the north side of Chicago on Bryn Mawr, a little west of Broadway. But whether you see it in person or merely content yourself with this two-dimensional reproduction, I have a question or two for you.
Let’s start with this one: What in the H-E-Double L Trains is going on here? It looks like two pigs defying gravity above a pyramid. But hey, what do I know? I’m not trained to look at these things, so I’m just guessing here. I suppose I should be thankful that, unlike so much modern art, this one is actually made up of recognizable objects. Let’s see… I know that Carl Sandburg referred to Chicago as “hog butcher for the world,” but still, you’d think such a memorial would be placed on the south side, near the old stockyards, or on the west side, near the old meat packers. But where does the pyramid fit in? …Well, I suppose you could say that, since the stockyards are long gone, the pigs represent an archaic relic of the past, much like the pyramids of Egypt. But I feel like I’m stretching here – the stockyards closed up in the 1970s, while the pyramids were closed up somewhat earlier. Furthermore, I don’t recall that Sandburg had much to say about the pyramids. Also, there is no helpful marker indicating a name for either the artist or the sculpture, so this could be the handiwork of anyone from Anish Kapoor to Tupac Shakur.
Oh wait – here’s a thought: This sculpture just appeared this morning, out by the curb, and trash pickup isn’t until next Tuesday. Let’s see whether it’s still there by the middle of next week. All kidding aside, it really isn’t the worst piece of sculpture I’ve seen around town; not by a long shot! But I’m not ready to take on Picasso here and now, so we’ll leave that for another time.
Meanwhile, I’m open to suggestions as to how this piece should be interpreted. I know that I have a culturally refined and artistic readership, so let me know what I’m missing here!