A reader who would like to go by the name Raye nominates Be Sargent’s 1999 “A Wall of Respect for Animals” mural along McGrath Highway in Cambridge for our Worst Public Art in New England project (submit your own nominations):
“The mural made me giggle every time I passed it when I was going to work in 2003 (ironically, work was an art studio!). The artwork is poorly executed and laughable. The concepts do not go together (unless they are all animal supporters)–Frederick Douglass (I think!) and Elvira? I would miss it if it went away, but I think Cambridge can do better. And why is it on the side of a nut factory? Curiouser and curiouser…”
Read our entire list of Worst Public Art nominations so far here.