Long Break with Statues

A long break between posts… Again, my current life needed attention which had to be drawn from my pursuit of a better one. But as I still don’t have any regular readers, the impact is minimal 🙂

By way of a return, and a test of posting and uploading images from my iPhone, I was pondering the question: what is the purpose of public statuary?

The one below is outside Hunter College at 68th & Lex (in Manhattan, as am I). I was passing by and it caught my eye and made me wonder why it’s there.

New York is full of statues. Some of them are monumental in purpose, commemorating some person or event. Others are turf markers, letting you know you’re in the garment district or outside someone’s corporate headquarters.

But then there are all the ones that seem to be put in place to fill a hole or as part of the architecture, mostly non-representational.

Some of them, no doubt, are eventually given meaning by their location — such is the case with this example, I suspect. After a few weeks of classes, the weird hedron below probably becomes an associative symbol. It represents Hunter College because that’s its sole context for the students.

But before that happens, or if it never does, what are these things trying to communicate? What thoughts or emotions does the artist hope to evoke in the viewer?

This isn’t a rant, just a musing.

After several minutes of viewing at various angles, the only response it genuinely brought forth in me was: “neat”. I like it just for what it is, the angles, the balance. Neat is enough.

Besides, lots of cool stuff came about because someone somewhere thought something was neat, if not useful, and kept playing with it until it became something cool.

(Aside to the WordPress folks, I love the iPhone app, but it needs the ability to insert links, and to include photos within the post rather than at the bottom…)

[EDIT: added links, spell checked…]


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