Monday, January 11, 2010

What's Next, a Giant Bust of Hitler or Stalin?

Richmond, British Columbia has a giant 4,000 kg piece of public art described as,

the sculpture suggests grace and balance, with a tiny figure staying atop a giant head with the help of a long pole. Upon greater reflection, the face is that of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, and the balancer is a tiny, "feminized" Mao Zedong
Naturally many residents are annoyed and offended. Public art advocates on the other hand,
urge the public to see a deeper meaning in the reflective sculpture.
Here's the problem with that sort of thinking. Despite the meaning of the art, what you actually see is a giant head of Lenin. Who wants a giant head of Lenin in their town?

I'd have no problem viewing this piece of artwork in a museum, but I think it's understandable that many residents would oppose having this sculpture in a public square. The article contains a picture. See what you think.

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