Friday, November 14, 2008

Bad things happen to bad surfaces

What does $200,000 get you? A decent Craftsman style house on Jessie or Warsaw, a five minute walk off the Corydon strip can still be had for that price. Or one could procure their very own archway to prop over their street.

Less than 24 hours after being unveiled, one Fort Rouge resident notes, this arch has been hit by graffiti. How is that the great sculpted works in the city's public spaces have stood for years--even while being ignored by civic officialdom--without ever being defaced by graffiti? Mayberry Fine Art has had a statue of a horse sitting on the McDermot Avenue sidewalk near Main for several years without so much as a Sharpie taken to it.

I don't give vandals much credit, but it seems that even the most depraved young hood can recognize (if only subconsciously) the difference between quality and deficiency, real and fake, beauty and ugliness.

Anyway, the easy access for taggers to the structure by the steel beams will be solved, as stucco is going to be applied to them. I suppose this is to keep with the bogus "Little Italy" theme of the neighborhood. Good thing the arch says "Corydon Avenue" on it... I'd probably think I'm no longer in Winnipeg, but walking down la strada in bella vecchia Napoli.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is another joke right. Its not staying there is it. LOL, we have to tell ourselves where we are....

Almost as funny as all the Xmas tree potted down the street.

Ridiculous especially when you enter the "avenue " and realize half way down , thats its only 2 blocks long.

What chumps they make us to be. First the Fransay Quarter now this, when will it stop.

3:47 AM  
Anonymous Paul Clerkin said...

At least you don't have to look at it every morning and night. I do, and this excretion has zero artistic or urban merit.

10:33 AM  
Blogger Louis Riel said...

its a sad knockoff of Edmonton's Old Strathcona arch.

2:13 AM  

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