Monday, April 24, 2006

Woodward Public Art Proposal

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Check out this story in the news. Art pillars with themes evoking music, the labor movement, civil rights and technology to be placed in the median of Woodward? "The tab: between $100,000 to $125,000 per pillar." - but don't worry because they are hoping to make the money from federal grants and private donations. MOCAD took how long to get enough funds to get rolling...and open? Maybe instead of a pillar we could have the new contemporary museum last one year longer? It reminds me of the metal monstrosity that towers over I94 that was built all but for SuperBowl traffic from the airport.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its metro detroit, if you cant see it from your car then its not art

7:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe MOCAD could put in a Hooters.

7:47 AM  
Anonymous nolansimon said...

GAWDAWFUL!!!

I agree...spend the $ on MoCAD.

9:49 AM  
Anonymous pacopez said...

These are a sign of the times where committee and boards play artist. Interior Designers spread there aesthetic sense outdoors.

This project has been in the works since 1999 but no local artists that I know of have been involved.

That whole I-94 corridor that they have created with it's hills and "bridge" centerpiece was of intense interest to me and I have worked in that area a lot. What a surreal and tacky sceen.

I have heard rumors from city officials over the last four years that the city of Taylor is looking for a large public artwork again to
be placed in the "median" on Telegraph. Yet no local Artists nor Gallery Directors that I have heard are involved.?

At the moment the City of Wayne is in a two year Debacle over two proposed Public Mural projects. The comittees again, like the World Trade Center debate, are lost in their process and self importance and a great public art opportunity sounds like it is turning into a watered down coke.

What happened to the days when great talents were able to follow through fully with great pure ideas? It is another sign of the backwards world.

A few years back I was involved in a major mural project at a 100+ year old hospital in Wyandotte. It was a major victory for Artists and the individual community there.

As Artist I coalesced the visions the hospital had with my own visions. Luckily the hospital was incredibly unique and open minded. Wyandotte Hospital wanted to celebrate its city, history and employees.

A year or two before, the hospital had been consumed by the incredible growth of the Henry Ford Health System ( over 100 hospitals now ). Once the corporate interior designers caught wind of what we were working on a battle was waged as to what should go up... Their designer had no sense at all. It was quite amazing this person was in charge of creating healing environments ( in over 100 hospitals! ) when in reality she should have been the next contestant on the apprentice.

The designers almost hijacked the entire project under the premise that Wyandotte Hospital is in the HFHSystem and this work should be about the Health System.

...We ended up weathering the storm narrowly as Wyandotte hospital was incredible in making their stand and supported my effort! Now the 200 foot work that flows through the Hospital corridor is greatly appreciated by many and especially the citizens of downriver.

Let Artists do their job!!

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Hamster Hands said...

Interesting concept. Top ten columns I’d like to see are

10: Tribute to the Ford Motor Company’s commitment to public safety. Column would include graphics that would roll unexpectedly and belch fire.

9: Graphic memorial to Vincent Chin, because the only good Jap in Detroit is a dead Jap, even if he is Chinese.

8: Moving remembrance of the 60’s race riots and the reason why these columns stop north of 8-mile.

7: Tribute to our fighting men and women in Iraq and why we are there, images would include the new Chevy Tahoe.

6: SUPERBOWL 40!! Act like it never ended because remember what the last superbowl did for Pontiac.

5: Tyree “Don’t you dare put that crap in my neighborhood” Guyton.

4: Memorial to General Motor’s 1930’s destruction of public transportation in Metro-Detroit.

3: Graphic tribute to the rugged individualism and creativeness in the workplace that being a proud member of the UAW promotes.

2: 3 words, “Faygo Red Pop”

1: Last column would be a huge light show spotlighting Gary, Indiana. Because compared to Gary, Detroit looks like pretty good.

3:46 PM  
Anonymous scorpion said...

It is a pathetic state.

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

only michigan could be this tacky!!!!

12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hamster hands , this is the funniest thing ive seen all year, hilarious!

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the one time I am glad they are not spending money on detroit :)

7:08 PM  

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