Worst public art: Horses, Appeal to Spirit
Kanarinka nominates the following two Boston artworks for our Worst Public Art in New England project (submit your own nominations):
The horses circling each other outside the Copley Mall entrance on Dartmouth St. [Debroah Butterfield's "Paint and Henry"] – particularly because they were at first alone but then someone landscaped a weird garden-circle around them and it makes no sense why abstract horses would stand in a landscaped garden to have a fight.
I really just don’t know about the Indian statue outside the MFA [Cyrus Dallin's "Appeal to the Great Spirit"] … There’s something just weird about it. Maybe it’s that the history of museums is so tied up with the history of the obliteration of a group of people that there is some terrible irony to the noble savage -heroic-tragic- interpretations of American Indians. There’s some kind of weird other-ing happening that feels very anachronistic and sort of wrong now.