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KunstlerCast #70: Commercial and Corporate Art in Public

Art & the Human Form in Our Modern Streetscape

Released: June 25, 2009.

James Howard Kunstler takes a look at various types of public artwork on display in Troy NY, a small American city. Kunstler notes that many public murals in America attempt to put a human face in places where people are noticeably absent. He notices that 20th century commercial advertisements painted on building exteriors exhibit more skill than most 21st century “art.” He analyzes a painted steel, corporate sculpture that adorns the public face of glass box corporate building. He also discusses the role that formal statues play in adorning public squares.

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Charlie Chaplin - Up Your Alley Troy, NY
“Charlie Chaplin”, Up Your Alley, Troy, NY

Marilyn Monroe - Up Your Alley Troy, NY
“Marilyn Monroe”, Up Your Alley, Troy NY.

20 th Century Commercial Ad, Troy NY
20th Century Commercial Ad, Troy NY

Corporate Art, Troy, NY
Corporate Art, Troy, NY

Vietnam Memorial, Troy, NY
Vietnam Memorial, Troy, NY


About James Howard Kunstler

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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.

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