Can you imagine Rochester without public art? Art brands a place. Art makes it beautiful. Art makes you stop and sometimes makes you think.
We have a lot of public art in Rochester. Here are just a few: The Mercury statue, Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony having tea, mosaics on the East End Garage, benches along University Avenue, painted utility boxes, the Clock of Nations, the Liberty Pole and the wings on the Times Square Building. (I found a neat catalogue of the city’s public art online.)
Probably the most reviled piece of art is the Maplewood Arch. The paint job on The Hamilton is also controversial, but I think it’s a work of art.
That’s the thing about art. It means different things to different people. It can be interpreted in many ways.
The recent Wall Therapy project produced more than a dozen spectacular murals around town. One of the murals depicts sleeping bears, but many think it looks like a sexual position. I’ll admit, I chuckled when I first saw it. I do think it’s erotic, but I don’t think it’s pornographic. I disagree with the mural coordinator that it the controversy is “heartbreaking.”
It’s not heartbreaking. It’s heartening. After all, it’s art.
Links of the Day:
– A movie is being made about a colorful Syracuse mayor who went to prison. The trailer is a must-watch.
– A Rochester-area man attended his own wake. He might make it an annual event if he lives long enough.