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January 2020

James Howard Kunstler : January 2, 2020 3:11 pm : Eyesore of the Month

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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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January 2020

James Howard Kunstler : January 2, 2020 3:11 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page 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 more »

December 2019

James Howard Kunstler : December 3, 2019 12:08 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Here we are in the season of tinsel and silver bells as the decade of the Teensies runs out. Shopping for your loved ones? Why not take a Brink’s truck of dimes and quarters to the new Carvana vending machine in your area and spend four-and-a-half days feeding more »

November 2019

James Howard Kunstler : November 4, 2019 4:35 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold Dubai’s Museum of the Future, the very first monumental building to be designed entirely by algorithm! The official hype sez: We will be a showplace for a new era – a center of creativity and hope where you can see, touch and shape our shared future. And more »

October 2019

James Howard Kunstler : October 3, 2019 9:57 am : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold the Eli and Edythe Broad Museum of Art at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Wait…. Is that the museum or the dumpster behind the Museum? Oh, okay, it’s the Museum. Designed by the late Zaha Hadid. Her firm styles the job thusly: This dialogue of interconnecting more »

September 2019

James Howard Kunstler : September 5, 2019 10:08 am : Eyesore of the Month
  Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold the MSG “Sphere” coming to Las Vegas. No, it’s not named after the indispensable ingredient in General Tsao’s Chicken, but after the Madison Square Garden Corp, which, like everything else in this psychotic culture, has morphed into a supergigantic global enterprise — they’re putting up an more »

August 2019

James Howard Kunstler : August 2, 2019 4:59 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold the renovated Edmonton, Alberta, downtown main library… or is an alien invasion under way? It’s hard to imagine a more aggressively menacing building than this intergalactic war-wagon. Message: Surrender, you miserable earthlings! Your way-of-life is over. So it goes with the unending quest for cutting edge novelty in more »

July 2019

James Howard Kunstler : July 2, 2019 12:02 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold, the stupid fucking idea du jour! The Penn15 Tower proposed for mid-Manhattan — as if the city needs another megastructure that will be transformed from an asset to a liability overnight in the long emergency ahead. Penn15 will be nearly the same height as the Empire State more »

June 2019

James Howard Kunstler : June 3, 2019 12:24 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold, the Vancouver House condominiums by the Bjarke Ingels Group (“BIG,” as they style themselves — no grandiosity there). Does the building appear to want to topple over and crush you? Isn’t that cute? Beware of what you wish for, especially with the Cascadia Fault lurking in the more »

May 2019

James Howard Kunstler : May 3, 2019 3:35 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page The real estate website Zillow sez: “this contemporary home has a European flare with a Manhattan feel. Perfect for entertaining….” Actually, I’d say it has a Soviet flare with a recycling bin feel, perfect for opening a large vein in a warm tub. It’s in a Hudson Valley more »

April 2019

James Howard Kunstler : April 4, 2019 10:58 am : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold the new world headquarters for the Danish clothing firm Bestseller in the tiny town of Brande (pop. 7,000): set to be the tallest building in Europe. What a breathtakingly stupid idea! I suppose they think it will minimize the human footprint on the terrain. Wrong. (Typical “gadget more »
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