Sculpture #1

The study of art, if books, web sites and museums are the authorities they claim to be, is the study of both painting and sculpture. I'm attempting to learn about the world's most famous paintings, but with sculptures I've decided just to take a look at those I discover by accident or that are easy to get to.

Where I can find some information about a particular sculpture, I'll include it. But when I happen upon a work about which I know nothing, I'll need your help interpreting it. Here's the first one.

This piece sits in a narrow strip of grass between Northwest Highway and the Metra tracks in downtown Arlington Heights, Illinois. Here's how most people see it as they drive down the road.

And here's what it looks like from across the street, a much more interesting view, in my opinion.

So, what do you think the artist had in mind? Is it art or just decoration? What does it symbolize for you, if anything? Is it site specific? (Would it be as "worthwhile" in another location or does it need to be on this spot?) Does it make you think about life differently? Is it meaningful?

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3 Responses to Sculpture #1

  1. n8 says:

    Doesn’t do anything for me. It might have some meaning to me if it had anything to do with the surroundings but this does not appear to add any value to its environment.

  2. Katherine says:

    It looks like the artist was attempting to sculpt half-moons and they kept breaking, so he finally just gave up disgustedly and stuck all the halves on a pole. I wouldn’t classify that as art…just a strange decoration. And no, it doesn’t change my perspective on life (or the moon for that matter.)

  3. james says:

    The piece is a metaphor of the shattered hopes and dreams of the world. The shards go in varying directions on a tilted axis reminiscent of the tilted axis of the earth. There is no agreement on a solution to the brokenness. The brushed metal is a vain attempt to put the best face on a tragic situation. At the end of the day, all is still confusion. It’s also entirely possible that I am just making this up.

    It’s kinda purty from across the street. Nice color harmony with the buildings and grass.

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