Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Beauty of Art Is Everyone Sees It Differently

I'm a big fan of the Public Art Fund, which finances large-scale installations around New York. Thanks to them, I can show the kids some sculpture without bringing three crazed savages into a museum — a win/win for the art community and the city at large.

The organization is currently sponsoring a piece by Brazilian artist Iran do EspĂ­rito Santo called "Playground." Like the "United Enemies" sculpture earlier this year, it's set up at the southeast corner of Central Park.


From the Public Art Fund website:
At first glance it looks like a massive cube made from large stone blocks — but with a number of blocks missing at the corners. On closer examination it becomes evident that the work hasn’t been constructed out of individual elements but rather cast in stone-like concrete as a unified form. We see that the “mortar” is exactly the same as the “block” itself and that the entire sculpture is consistent in color, texture and finish.
I have to say, I was a bit underwhelmed by this piece. From a distance, it looks like a bunch of stone blocks. Then when you get closer, it's — shocker! — a bunch of stone blocks made of concrete. This isn't enough of a "Law & Order" twist for me.


I do like that if you position yourself right, you have a nice view of a horse's ass. (The golden statue of William Tecumseh Sherman on his steed is across the street.)


Clearly, I'm bringing a high-brow perspective to this exhibit.