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Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Commie week #2
Ok, this should have been posted yesterday but Blogger decided to have a conniption fit last night. The dictates of Marxism don't extend the blogosphere, apparently. All apologies to Tuesday.
Near the left bank of Lake Washington is a light rail stop where these clay commuters are waiting for a ride that never comes. Sculptor Richard Beyer created these pieces of interactive artwork in 1979. Over the years, the Interurban Sculpture(s) have celebrated local weddings, bon voyages, popular causes, the Huskies, demonstrations, etc. When I was there, the statues were drawing attention to pitfalls of electronic voting. A few months ago, they were drapped in Abu Ghraib-style hoods and attached to electric wires.
Beside one of the statutes is a dog with a human face. Somehow, I missed it and failed to get a picture. For a look, click here. According to Seattle lore, Beyer was upset that the contract for the sculpture required him to pay extra for eco-friendly materials. The man responsible, Arman Napoleon Stepanian, was the unofficial mayor of the Fremont neighborhood at the time and was a big proponent of recycling. Out for revenge, Beyer stuck his face on the pooch instead of one of the stationary rail riders.
So what does all this have to do with communism, besides the fact the sculpture resides a few blocks from Lenin? Activist statues? Liberal politics? Interactive art displays? Recycling?! Questioning the Bush administration?!!!! Well, that's about as red as red gets, silly! If you have to ask, go back to China!