Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Hell's Sculpture Garden

And now, let's lighten the mood a bit from the previous post, shall we?

One of my pet peeves is bad public sculpture. Usually really bad art is representational, but sometimes it's abstract as well.

This sculpture outside the Police and Fire Department HQ in Burbank commemorates their fallen brothers, who apparently became entrapped in a large cardboard box from which they could not escape.

16 comments:

dguzman said...

Ooh ouch, that must've hurt. What a way to die.

I hate bronze sculptures that attempt to depict anything in motion, like the ones of children at play. It's creepy.

SJ said...

haha, cardboard box escape, haha.

Splotchy said...

At least they aren't being assailed by the souls of the damned.

Witness this sculpture of Harry Caray in front of Wrigley Field, IF YOU DARE

Harry Caray In Hell

Spooney said...

"Damn it, your axe handle is stuck in my handcuffs!" "We'll your goddamned billy club is poking me in the ass!"
"Mmmmmmm, just wait 'til I get out of this damn box!"

SkylersDad said...

Can we see the opposite side view? Because I am pretty sure that fireman is taking a leak.

vikkitikkitavi said...

Splotchy: That Harry Carey sculpture totally reminds me of when the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come opens his robe and shows Scrooge the kids clinging to his legs: "This boy is Ignorance. This girl is want. Beware them both..."

bubbles said...

hahahahahhaha!!

Jess said...

Splotchy are those.... scupture FINGER GUNS?! WTF?

Grant Miller said...

That's funny, because I totally see a woman's face in it.

vikkitikkitavi said...

Jess: No, one hand is holding a microphone out the booth window to capture the sound of Cubs fans singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," and the other hand is counting the "one, two, three strikes you're out" part.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

That's what they get for not thinking outside the box.

frogboots said...

possibly a mixup blend of firefighter memorial and mime memorial?

worse, it looks like they just didn't have enough money for FULL-SIZE sculptures, so went with the half-size to economize.

Distributorcap said...

you should see the sculpture of the commuters at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC --- i should take pics of bad NYC sculptures

Doc said...

At least they were trying to be inclusive as they made both of them black.

Doc

CiscoKid said...

maybe they ran out of bronze?...

GETkristiLOVE said...

I see your Hell's Sculpture Garden and raise you one Blue Hideous Horse Sculpture.