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Tacoma's worst public art.

by fredo
on 10/29/2008 @ 8:41am
Art is in the eye of the beholder but really there is one piece of public art in Tacoma that is quite an abomination. The piece I'm referring to is the multi colored train engine that sits behind the Wells Fargo Bank downtown by the 705 exit ramp. This thing looks like it was inspired by sheet torn out of a coloring book.

by Mofo from the Hood on 10/29/2008 @ 9:24am
I thought the purpose of public art was to drive people out of Tacoma. Placing art by freeway onramps is the final kick in the pants.

by fredo on 10/29/2008 @ 1:00pm
The purpose of public art is to provide a tangible connection to the urban landscape for elected officials who actually can't point to anything else they were able accomplish during their term. If you can't attach a bronze plaque to an improvement, what good is it? Pointing out all the potholes you able to fill during your term doesn't have quite the cache of erecting a big civic sculpture.

by seejane on 10/29/2008 @ 1:34pm
fredo you seem dissatisfied with life

by fredo on 10/29/2008 @ 1:47pm
When I encounter events that are praiseworthy I'll be sure to start a posting.

My postings have one purpose, to initiate discussions on topics I have an interest in. Makes no difference to me what side of an issue anybody takes, just give an opinion, provocative if possible.

by NineInchNachos on 10/29/2008 @ 7:10pm
I can read fredo posts all day.

by NineInchNachos on 10/29/2008 @ 8:23pm
i propose a david boe/thorax o'tool style photo safari of lame public art.

by Catherine on 10/29/2008 @ 11:28pm
Oddly I have worked downtown for 5 years, took this exit every day for three and have zero recollection of it.. ...yea, probably a bad expense. Still the plastic bags over 705 remain as our testimony of a lack of ... well anything.

by KevinFreitas on 10/30/2008 @ 6:52am
Some would say the Murano ladle/baby pin is bad. I, for one, think it's scale is great and warrants its simplicity.

murano orizon

I'd love to see more work like this of a grander size here and there around Tacoma.