Thursday, January 11, 2007

Lose Some Public Art, Win Some Public Art

Philadelphia lost Calder's Eagle and Ordinary. It almost lost Eakins' Gross Clinic, but now, thanks to a generous anonymous donor, it will win its first Mark di Suvero outdoor sculpture. As Stephan Salisbury reports in today's Inquirer (Sorry, the story isn't on-line. You'll just have to buy the paper!) , the unnamed donor gave the 40-foot high Iroquois to the Fairmount Park Art Association, which intends to place it on the grassy island between Eakins Oval and the Philadelphian. The photo illustration above is meant to show how it will look. Notice that the association has the good sense and good taste not to show the piece walled off with fences and baffles, as Duane Morris did to poor Lichtenstein's Brushstrokes on 17th Street.

Di Suvero, who tinkered with Iroquois for 16 years before calling it done in 1999, is one of the great American sculptors of the post-war period. He was among the first to incorporate scrap metal and other cast-offs into his work. The art association predicts that the striking Iroquois could become the Clothespin of the parkway.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The story is only in the paper and is not posted online? What happened to the much ballyhoo'ed ramp-up of the Inky website? Thanks Bri !

11:13 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Love this piece. It wasn't so much that Philadelphia lost two calder Pieces, but we lost out on an ENTIRE calder Museum.

I just wish that idea could be revisited.

1:57 PM  
Anonymous fante said...

This new piece looks much better than any of the calder pieces on the Parkway. Only one had color and movement. The rest sat like giant turds on the nicely designed park.

2:57 PM  
Blogger jordon said...

i wonder if it will obstruct the view between the eakins oval and the PMA. otherwise, looks great.

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Inga, I know that things at the Enquirerererer are bad right now....but you have to keep the postings up here...a little more current. It just diminishes your street cred when you're "not available" to comment. What's new???

8:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the never updating blog

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe somebody should go over to inga's place and see if she is still alive

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe somebody should go by the Inquirer and see if she still has a job.

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Inga, I've enjoyed your blog very much, but really, if you can't keep it relatively current, please let it die with dignity.

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this blog is dead to me

12:42 PM  
Blogger rasphila said...

Inga is not dead, and the blog is not dead. She has been in England covering a major story on Prince Charles' model village. See today's Inquirer. This blog is not a daily notebook. It doesn't die just because the author happens to have a day job that keeps her occupied.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nobody is asking for a daily update. one or two updates during a two week span is not unreasonable even if she is in England. Are there no computers over there? it would take a few mintues to put some thoughts down in the blog. I guess we didnt realize we were asking so much.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous fante said...

Inga, and her doom and gloom crtiques have returned.

I'm sure the Ingbots will rejoice

9:13 AM  

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