I wanted to go for a walk today, and as smog and the smell of raw sewage is the norm in this dirty little town, upon reading the London Over Priced People's Press, I decided to go check out the latest art craze in honour of London's 150th despite the stench.
In a fleeting glance, they appear to just be six utility poles bunched together.Forewarned by the free press, I took my camera, determined to give this installation piece more than a passing glance. I need not have worried however, for if I had been an unsuspecting passerby, I am sure I would have been stopped in my tracks by this visual monstrosity:
Personally, I think shit in a can would have been a more appropriate homage to London.
It's just part of a new art exhibit, You Are Here, celebrating London's 150th anniversary, housed mostly in the yellow brick cottage known as One Dundas Street at the Forks of the Thames beside the splash pad.As part of the Creative Cities proposal, council might want to consider bringing back public executions to encourage more visitors to London:
London's first gallows were erected in the courthouse square facing Ridout Street. People came from miles around to see the hanging - allegedly as far away as Hamilton and York (now Toronto). In a time when horse-shoe tossing was considered a major sport, a hanging ranked as one of the year's must-see events. An estimated 3000 people - ten times the village's population - turned out to gape at the spectacle.
As the wires on the poles are disconnected from a power source, my interpretion of this piece is that it is a celebration of the impending blackout.
However, my brief journey through London and encounter with four beggars in the span of only two hours, was yet to contain a high point. On my way home, my dashed aesthetic expectations were somewhat revived - this 'accidental art piece' was for me a more profound statement of the past 150 years:
Monday, June 27, 2005
Posted by Lisa Turner on Monday, June 27, 2005