Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Did Anyone Write Stuff Down in the '70s?

I mentioned on Friday how a beautiful Queensboro Bridge lamppost base was lost in the 1970s — only to be rediscovered in 2011.

Who are these people? No one remembers.

I also saw a story last week about the removal of the notorious Legs rope sculpture from the Embarcadero BART station. The artwork was put up in the 1970s, but no one's quite sure when exactly. According to the Chronicle, "There's some debate over whether the sculpture was installed in 1976 or 1978."

So a massive piece of art was erected in one of the busiest transit stations on the West Coast, and the newspaper of record can't say definitively when it happened?

Here on Roosevelt Island, we have the Meditation Steps, which provide a serene view of Manhattan. They could reasonably be described as a landmark, and yet no one's even certain of the decade they were installed in. (It was either the late 1960s or early '70s.)

I realize people weren't microblogging and Instagramming every gallery opening and street fair in the 1970s, but come on. Was no one keeping track of anything?