Sunday, March 15, 2009

First Things First...

This thing needs to go, and it needs to go now.

Another day with this ill conceived statue, Male/Female by Jonathan Borofsky, standing in front of Penn Station is another day someone traveling to Baltimore for the very first time takes their first steps into the city and asks themself, "What the hell is that piece of shit? And what kind of city would allow it to stand in front of their train station?"

The criticism of the city is unfair, as virtually everyone I've spoken to about this monstrosity, from all walks of life, thinks the thing is a piece of crap that should be sold for scrap at the next auction. We are in a recession, after all, and the city could create a win/win situation by removing an eyesore while adding a couple grand to its budget.

This is not the first badly chosen piece of Baltimore public art and it won't be the last, in a town that has sunk a long way from the Washington Monument by Robert Mills in Mount Vernon. The statue is, however, one of the worst and, indisputably, the most prominent example of bad art in the city and needs to be done away with. Now.

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