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Featured Eyesore of the Month

May 2014

James Howard Kunstler : May 6, 2014 1:02 pm : Eyesore of the Month


Yes!

     WTF ????  Behold the proposed  new public artwork for the Boulder, Colorado, Library. Which part is the “art?” you may ask yourself. Why, the grand affirmation Yes! Straight out of the Nike advertising playbook, this totemic gesture informs all Boulderites (Bouldarians? Boulderopolitans? Boulderholics?) that yes! they can… er… what…? Cross the six-laner safely? Enter the building? Solicit a blow-job in the stacks? Yes! It’s all good! Yes! Anything goes. Yes! I feel better just looking at the photo. Arm pumps! Git her done! Be all that you can be! Way to go, Brownie! Mission Accomplished! Hope and change! The economy has recovered! Shale oil revolution! Industrial renaissance! the Singularity is near…! Whew….
Props to Kristan Conrad out in Colorado, who sent it in and writes: Today, in our local newspaper, I discovered that our local public library – the same library that has reduced its hours due to budget cuts and long-ago turned the free parking lot into paid parking, has chosen the design of two artists (because of the overwhelmingly positive impression the designers made on them, according to the article).  This “art” will be installed on the outside of a curving bank of library windows that currently has a nice view of a neighborhood and the mountains, thereby obstructing said view so we can enjoy this “art.”
The local newspaper wrote: “When Boulder announced this week that the word “Yes!” will be installed in tall, red, aluminum characters on the outside of the public library, those involved in selecting the piece praised it as “exhilarating,” “delightful” and “iconic.”
Below is a similar piece of public art, as provided by the private sector:


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May 2014

James Howard Kunstler : May 6, 2014 1:02 pm : Eyesore of the Month
     WTF ????  Behold the proposed  new public artwork for the Boulder, Colorado, Library. Which part is the “art?” you may ask yourself. Why, the grand affirmation Yes! Straight out of the Nike advertising playbook, this totemic gesture informs all Boulderites (Bouldarians? Boulderopolitans? Boulderholics?) that yes! they can… er… what…? Cross the six-laner safely? more »

April 2014

James Howard Kunstler : April 2, 2014 11:31 am : Eyesore of the Month
Behold the new Emerson College “complex” (s0-called) for television, film, and advertising production studies on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, designed by Thom Mayne of the firm Morphosis, which has been reviled on this site before for its techno-narcissistic archi-stunts. This one is as if the Jolly Green Giant  dropped a crate of seltzer bottles more »

March 2014

James Howard Kunstler : March 2, 2014 9:59 am : Eyesore of the Month
     Behold the new Health Center on Russell Street in Missoula, Montana — a demonstration that Murphy’s Law rules absolutely in American architecture and town planning. This is the back of the building; the front is oriented to the interior of the block where the parking is (don’t expect Happy Motoring to continue ten more »

February 2014

James Howard Kunstler : February 1, 2014 11:03 am : Eyesore of the Month
Woe and alack a day! A sign of the times in a hyper-turbo-techno-industrial economy rocking in the throes of meltdown, a.k.a. compressive deflationary contraction. Lo, what was once a dollar is now seventy-five cents. In another month, it’ll be fifty cents and perhaps they can sign up the celebrity “Fitty Cent” to shill for them. more »

January 2014

James Howard Kunstler : January 3, 2014 11:22 am : Eyesore of the Month
     Behold the stylish wastewater treatment plan in Durand, Wisconsin, 30 miles downstream from Eau Claire on the Chippewa River. Notice the interesting placement of the historical marker billboard with the blank planes of the wall, the single window, and the decorative logo — all very Zen gardenish. Of course, the real love was more »

December 2013

James Howard Kunstler : December 3, 2013 12:05 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Behold this triple-header of 80-plus-story condo towers designed by Toronto hometown boy Frank Gehry for his place of birth (he’s lived in Los Angeles for decades).

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November 2013

James Howard Kunstler : November 3, 2013 9:36 am : Eyesore of the Month

Behold (above) the wished-for outcome of a project that would turn the Interstate 81 elevated freeway that runs through the heart of Syracuse, New York, into a surface boulevard.

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October 2013

James Howard Kunstler : October 6, 2013 8:47 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Behold the conceptual rendering for this year’s official Flint, Michigan, public art project.

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September 2013

James Howard Kunstler : September 1, 2013 7:32 pm : Eyesore of the Month

The new “farm” office campus of Epic systems, a medical software colossus, in Verona, Wisconsin.

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August 2013

James Howard Kunstler : August 2, 2013 9:10 am : Eyesore of the Month

“This proposed new facade for the Petersen Automotive Museum is one of two similar designs that has received preliminary approval from the Los Angeles Planning Department.

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