Thursday, April 03, 2008

Wanted : Device to Root Out Stupid

According to a few local residents, a public park at the foot of Bute St. in Vancouver is evidently no place for a Device to Root Out Evil.
Well, obviously. A device to root out overly sensitive meddlesome Jeebus thumpers should have been installed there first.
The decision to remove the 25' steel, aluminum, and Venetian glass sculpture after 2 1/2 years was approved unanimously by Vancouver Park Board commissioners.
Artist Dennis Oppenheim "has denied any anti-religious design to his sculpture.
"Pointing a steeple into the ground directs it to hell as opposed to heaven," he told one interviewer. "It's a very simple gesture."
The Park Board should have responded to the complaints with an even simpler one.


West End Bob said...

Damn! That's the only chapel I've been impressed with in years . . . .

Chris said...

I love that sculpture. I always interpreted it as symbolizing the way unchecked development has turned communities on their heads.

But if the religious types want to read into too, I guess they are allowed.

Alison said...

I really like it too and in its current location it seems to interpret differently depending on whether you view it with the city or the north shore as a backdrop.
Hope it finds a new home somewhere in Vancouver.

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