Saturday, June 23, 2012

Update

 A week ago I wrote about a new art installation in my neighborhood.  Yesterday, Avi and I noticed that there seemed to be more pieces in the grouping.  I went back this morning to check it out.
 Sure enough, two girls have been added on one side of the world, one with a book bag on her back and one holding a book under her arm.
And a little boy has been added on the other side.

I have no idea if these additions were planned all along, or if someone called City Hall and complained (it wasn't me).  I also haven't made up my mind if these additions really make much difference to the overall message.  At least the number of girls is now closer to the number of boys (4 to 5 instead of 2 to 4).

It seems clear that these are prefabricated figures that are purchased and arranged at the discretion of the person installing them.  The boys with balls hold the same pose, as do the girls with book bags and the boys who are sitting down.  It's too bad they aren't arranged in a way that at least hints at real interaction between the figures.  It's like each one is alone.  I think that's sad, but perhaps it's a true reflection of society today.  What do you think?

1 comment:

Kepanie said...

Can kids climb on them and whatnot? Maybe the park has been missing children to play in it?