Thursday, June 19, 2008

Okay, now that we've seen the good chainsaw art

Here's an example that's kind of over the top. . . I swear this piece of public art, which is supposed to symbolize the spirit of the northwoods, includes everything except a cliched kitchen sink tossed into the river. "Busy" is an understatement. The flip side includes diving ducks and otters, and there's a great blue heron tucked into the other side of the tree the bear cub is climbing.
I will concede the cub is kind of cute.


  1. some people have waaay
    too much time on their hands..

  2. A bit too busy. And the hornets nest gives me the creeps.

  3. Impressive in a technical sense, but certainly less than moving, at least in this glimpse. I suspect the only way this one might succeed is in a very different location, with other elements carefully chosen to set it off. (And maybe not even then.)

    Now, there's a topic you might want to analyze, Nan... the importance of setting to roadside art. Is it possible for a piece to work perfectly overlooking a lake in Bessemer, Michigan, yet flop completely in the "blooming buzzing confusion" of the Dells, or vice versa? The geographer in me says, "Of course!" and would be interested in finding examples.

    (Why, yes, Granny, I do have time on my hands. That was always a life goal of mine.)


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