Help Me Understand

Every time I walk downtown and pass by this (…searching for a euphemism…) public art installation I am a little puzzled about its purpose:

Is it supposed to signal to you that you are now entering downtown Seattle, where top hats, spatulas, scarves, martini glasses, combs, and engagement rings are available for purchase?

(That reminds me; I sure could use a new spatula. Damn! That’s powerful art.)

3 Comments so far

  1. jessejb on October 6th, 2008 @ 12:09 pm

    its called "eat, drink and be merry."

    kind of ironic considering our liquor and nightlife ordinances…

  2. John Eddy (jaydeflix) on October 6th, 2008 @ 12:28 pm

    I hate to sound like an ass, but… err… It’s art. Is it supposed to have a purpose?

    I mean, would you go to the Louvre, look at the Mona Lisa and turn to the tourguide and say ‘but what is its purpose?’

  3. jameson on October 7th, 2008 @ 10:58 am


    You don’t sound like an ass. I guess I would like something that was less corny and garish. It seems like its purpose is to welcome visitors to downtown Seattle and it sets up the downtown for failure in my mind.

    As far as purpose goes, I think art can be decorative and pretty to look at and/or thought-provoking. This is neither.

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