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“Scary” public art

By cburt
Friday, October 24th, 2008 at 7:00 pm in Uncategorized.

I thought it was interesting to read V Smoothe’s blog post on A Better Oakland about “scary public art” (Oakland sculptor Mario Chiodo’s Remember Them: Champions of Humanity”) coming to the new park in uptown. It’s large, sure. Scary? I don’t think so. Inspirational, yes, that’s what I would say, providing us with words of wisdom from the Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr.,  Oskar Schindler, Abraham Lincoln, and others.

 V, you don’t seem the type to scare so easily! Is anybody else scared of public art?

Speaking of public art, what ever happened to the colorful sculptures by Robert Ellison that were selected to adorn the corner plazas of the Mandela Gateway apartment complexes on Seventh Street and Mandela Parkway?

According to an August 2007 report of public art projects by the city’s Cultural Arts and Marketing division, the sculptures, which depict quotes from Nelson Mandela, the pieces are in storage, waiting for sidewalk work to be completed by the city.

I saw workers out there last week, so where’s the art???

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