Is This The Worst Sculpture in the City?

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Look at this thing. I’m no sophisticated critic but I’d have to say it is pretty awful. Please tell me one redeeming quality about this sculpture. Ok, I thought of one, the restaurant Zaytinya is behind it and I kind of like Zaytinya. But seriously, does anyone dig this?

Clement Greenberg famously said, “You like it, that’s all, whether it’s a landscape or abstract. You like it. It hits you. You don’t have to read it. The work of art-sculpture or painting-forces your eye.”

So who likes it?

15 Comment

  • At least it’s better than the leaf at the metro.

  • It looks like Don Johnson threw up after taping an episode of Miami Vice.

  • I agree, it stinks. The worst local sculpture, hands down, has to be the new “masterpiece” located at National Harbor (not The Awakening, the new abstract one).

  • It’s fun and happy – I like it!

  • I actually like it. It’s a fun splash of color that contrasts with the stone, pavement, glass and brick that dominates downtown…

  • I actually really like it to. It makes that space really pop.

  • Yeah I think it’s really beautiful. The colors are amazing, and the interplay of shapes are fantastic which does wonderful things with light and shadow — and a second dimension to the colors. Not all art should appease everyone. Or even come close. But I find this piece to be an absolute joy.

  • I like it. It looks like the tree people from lord of the rings. except in vibrant color.

  • The sculpture I dislike the most is the weird red girder thing in front of the Hirschorn. This at least has fun interplay of colors. Though I can totally see the Miami Vice Vomit commenter’s P.O.V too.

  • Jack – the girder was not just bad. A structural engineer friend noticed right away that it was constructed/bolted together in an incorrect manner if artist was trying to capture “industry” or whatever. I say “was” because I think it’s gone now, replaced with something a lot better – look next time.

  • its like a 3D version of bad 1980’s denim jacket graffiti.

  • horrible. almost as bad as the dancing couple of people above the grocery store in rosslyn.

  • @Petworthy

    LOL. I’m unfortunate enough to have a cube window view of that Rosslyn sculpture.

  • I just like it, especially the colors: turquoise, darkish yellow and lavender. And the shapes. Hey, maybe I’ve been around little kids too much, but I find it appealing.

  • I dig it.

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