Monday, May 20, 2013

Remove the sculptures on Crissy Field

Turns out that I'm not the only one who doesn't like the steel beam sculptures on Crissy Field. Please sign a petition here calling for their removal.

Some comments on the Golden Gate National Parks site: 

From John Oliver:

MOMA and CalTrans have conspired, moving construction debris from the nearby Doyle Drive project to the Crissy Field green for storage. To fool the public, MOMA has christened these erections as "art" and has given one of them a coat of bright orange contrasting with its huge black balls. Is anyone willing to say that "Emperor MOMA" is not wearing clothes let alone demand that this blighting scrap metal be removed PRONTO!

From Elizabeth Leaf:

These sculptures are eyesores. They detract from the beauty of the natural view of the bay & the gorgeous Golden Gate Bridge. They are annoying obstructions & they are visually offensive. Please remove them so that we can have our beautiful and serene view back.

I agree entirely.

Beams with balls

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At 10:02 AM, Blogger Rkeezy said...

I'm of the mind that as long as various government arms are begging the public to pass bonds and imposing rate increases on everything from property tax to MUNI fares, that the art budget should decrease to zero. And when we have a surplus, to save some money. And if we have a surplus for a few years, then we can fund art (pet) projects. I wonder what the cost would be to remove these structures versus let them stand. I'd rather them not be there either, but is it worth the investment to remove them? Maybe we'd get more "bang" for our (saved) buck by just opposing the new art projects.

At 11:06 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

I wonder what the Beam and Balls thing cost in the first place. Presumably the Feds okayed it and paid for it.

An even bigger threat routinely debasing public views: the Planning Department. It's Design Committee apparently doesn't reject anything for aesthetic reasons, including the ludicrous synagogue on Clement Street, the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, and highrise hotels that make the city's skyline look like Miami's.

The city allows a lot of ugly new construction---including the clunky, starchitect federal building on Seventh Street---while city progressives insist on "saving" an eyesore like the Harding Theater.

At 2:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Beam and Balls art installation cost less than zero - the cost of the project was more than offset by the non-removal of debris.

Reference - Doyle Drive Reconfiguration Project EIR, pages 617-618


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