16
Sep
09

Hallelujah

There’s been a big stir about the new sculpture, Hallelujah, being installed at the Clay Center downtown. A lot of people don’t “get it,” and that’s OK, you shouldn’t disapprove of something just because you don’t understand it. I’m more interested in how the giant affects the building itself, and how the recent landscaping affects our view. Below is how the building, and the landscape, look if you’re walking or driving by.

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This is a building that’s designed to smack people in the forehead as they go by. But with the addition of the trees (and trees grow bigger and obstruct more view) and the new sign and the new sculpture, the impressive Clay Center becomes hidden.

As you approach from different angles, the sculpture is so close to the building that it can’t be separated. It is a part of the immediate environment.

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As I said before, I like this thing. It’s very cool and different, and like the Clay Center itself, it will make drivers coming off the interstate exit go “Wow.” And maybe a few expletives, but that’s OK.:)

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I’m just concerned that such a close placement to the building is detrimental to both the art and the architecture. I’m a bit surprised they didn’t plant the thing closer to the corner, below.

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Maybe in place of the electronic sign.

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What do you think?

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