Art on the Corner due for changes

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Please correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that this quirky practice of adorning the sculptures grew out of someone’s objection several years ago to having nude sculptures on Main Street,. Consequently, clothing items were made to cover the “objectionable” body parts.
On the whole, I feel that such alterations detract from the artists’ intended presentation, although if the happy knitter gets the artist’s permission, I see no problem.
I feel that some guidelines are in order, so that the integrity of the collection and the Art on the Corner program are preserved. On the other hand, I would be cautious about getting too heavy-handed. Dictatorial over-reach in managing the program could discourage artists from submitting their work. Surely, an acceptable balance can be achieved so that this unique program does not merely survive, but that it grows for all to enjoy for many years.

Knit-bombing is a widespread phenomenon that arose out of a whimsical impulse to decorate or beautify aspects of the streetscape in all kinds of urban settings. The added color and structure of the piece invites the pedestrian to take another look at a mundane object (With a knit tie, a parking meter can look like a man going to work, for example.)

It’s a form of art-making, or at least crafty commentary, that doesn’t damage or permanently alter anything, as does graffiti. But when it’s added to another piece of artwork, instead of adding something, it can be seen as exploiting or detracting from it. Some artists may be amused; others not so happy.

The program itself is excellent, especially compared to what I see in other cities that manage to decorate the street without rising above kitsch. Anything that elevates and extends it is a plus for residents, artists and tourism.



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