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Art is Where You Find It

Posted on 2008.08.22 at 01:06
Current Mood: awake
Current Music: Dreams Go By - Harry Chapin

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!


meryddian at 2008-08-22 06:13 (UTC) (Link)
Looks like some weird breeding between pigs and aardvarks.

Have you ever seen the poop sculpture in Ukranian Park?
charlesofcamden at 2008-08-22 06:23 (UTC) (Link)
"Have you ever seen the poop sculpture in Ukranian Park?"

If there were an emoticon for audibly snorting, I would have used it just now.
No, I haven't had the pleasure of seeing that, but I will be on the lookout.
meryddian at 2008-08-22 19:04 (UTC) (Link)
you can find it on Yelp.com. heh.
chianeko at 2008-08-22 17:31 (UTC) (Link)
I think this beats the giant metal goat statue I saw when I was stumbling around Lakeview.

I dont even know what's going on here. Unless someone's spit roast tipped over.
charlesofcamden at 2008-08-23 21:19 (UTC) (Link)
Where is this giant metal goat of which you speak? I'd like to have a look at it to see if I "get" it. But then, I've always enjoyed getting people's goats.
(Anonymous) at 2008-08-26 00:18 (UTC) (Link)

Examined it Myself

Hmmm. I took a good look at this thing this afternoon on my way to class. I think it's "USED"! The pigs have obviously broken off at one point and were stuck back on with an iron rod. The top of the pyramid is chipped as well as some of the pigs' trotters. I also see rust or fungus of some sort in some fine cracks in the pigskin. Lastly, if you look closely at the pic, you will see the faint impression of lightning bolts running up the side of the pyramid. These are on all four sides. The overall installation of the piece looks pretty amatuerish...it's sitting on a slant. I'm guessing someone wanted to get rid of it, so just placed it there. CC
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