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Behold, Appleton Wisconsin’s new “Big Head” public sculpture by local artist Paul Bobrowitz, constructed of welded empty propane tanks.  It occupies a site in one of Appleton’s historic districts. Contemporary art generally includes a manual of metaphysical theory to explain itself, but apparently this one was loosed upon the world without supporting documentation. The purpose, according to the Appleton Post Crescent newspaper is to “spark conversation.”  The conversation sparked by it is largely on the order of how to get rid of the darn thing. It was initially slated to be there for two years. The city’s Municipal Services Committee is reconsidering the city’s approval.  The Post Crescent observed:  [Uber and Lyft driver]  Debra Slagle said she takes a lot of out-of-towners past the sculpture en route to hotels. “I’ve never had a positive comment about that sculpture,” Slagle said. “I had one person who said, ‘Oh my God, is that up just for Halloween? That’s the most frightening thing I’ve ever seen.'”

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency and the four-book series of World Made By Hand novels, set in a post economic crash American future. His most recent book is Living in the Long Emergency; Global Crisis, the Failure of the Futurists, and the Early Adapters Who Are Showing Us the Way Forward. Jim lives on a homestead in Washington County, New. York, where he tends his garden and communes with his chickens.

14 Responses to “January 2020”

  1. davidreese2 January 3, 2020 at 10:47 am #

    Can’t believe anyone would put something like this up!

  2. tucsonspur January 4, 2020 at 1:48 am #

    Don’t be fooled. This is not a Mayan head. No thick lips or broad nose. No, a large new herd of buffalo was not slaughtered, so these are not buffalo skulls piled high, which one can determine soon enough. Have these objects taken flight from the Paris catacombs? No, they are too large.

    In short order, we find that we are beset by a pile of profane propane tanks given a pair of pernicious, penetrating eyes, staring menacingly at anyone who can muster the courage to gaze into them.

    Maybe depletion is the theme with energy sources declining. And this head is angry. Or is it simply intended to spellbind the locals, making them see ugly as beautiful? I hope and pray that none of the unsuspecting elderly have been frightened to death.

    Of course the fumes and vapors in these tanks are long gone, perhaps sucked up by the artist’s nostrils. Oh, if only they remained.
    I could jauntily walk by, stare into those evil eyes and flick a burning Marlboro smack into the face of this foreboding figure.

  3. mow January 4, 2020 at 1:17 pm #

    Looks like a Ferengi gave birth to a Karl Malden clone . 🙂

  4. Ishabaka January 10, 2020 at 9:30 am #

    There is only one hard and fast rule in modern art:

    – any allusion to beauty in any way, shape, or form is verboten.

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    I agree with you, not something that you go fishing from the National Cicero this city, but Bernard paid the whole bill, and that the end of the story. Read more about on Wikipedia page

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  6. MX Vet 57 February 23, 2020 at 12:21 pm #

    Gross. Makes me want to projectile vomit.

  7. Samantha March 12, 2020 at 3:09 am #

    I don’t understand why people are not liking and appreciating this sculpture. This is a creative piece of artwork. Although I’m not an artist, at least I can differentiate between good and bad artwork. This sculpture reminds me of the famous character of the series Game Of Thrones, Jaqen H’ghar. Well, everyone has their own opinions. I’m not an artist but a professional writer who help people with their law assignment London help. So If anyone of you is looking for a helping hand for your writing assignments, then I’m here for you. 🙂

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    A sculpture that looks weird, nothing interesting. novel online

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