Top 5 bizarre public art displays
By Lili Ladaga | Wanderlust
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and one could say the same about art. Check out these top 5 bizarre public art displays and you decide what’s art and what’s … not.
5) Broadway Dance Steps, Seattle, Wash.: If you’ve ever felt the urge to break out into dance while walking down the street, you’ll right at home at the Broadway Dance Steps. Located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, amateurs can learn how to dance the tango, foxtrot or
rumba on bronze shoe prints on the sidewalk. The foot prints are numbered and arranged like dance steps, so even if you have two left feet, you’ll look like Gene Kelly.
4) SunFlowers, Austin, Texas: Like flowers but don’t have a green thumb? What about an electric one instead? SunFlowers is a public art display “Electric Garden” in Austin, Texas. It features a “crop” of 18 to 24-foot high photovoltaic sculptures that soak up the sun during the day and use that energy to glow brightly at night.
3) Blue Mustang, Denver, Colorado: Critics have choice words for the sculpture at Denver International Airport: heinous, uninviting, creepy, evil. But even they can’t deny that the giant rearing mustang is eye-catching. The 32-foot-high “Blue Mustang” is made out of polished blue steel, with fiery eyes and is, ahem, anatomically correct.
2) Bus Home, Ventura, Calif.: If you’ve ever wondered where old buses go to die, well, they don’t end up at Bus Home. This 36-foot-high sculpture looks more like bus purgatory: The twisty, turny, soaring piece of art was created in 2002 by artist Dennis Oppenheim. It depicts a bus evolving into a home — or is it the other way around?
1) Crown Fountain, Chicago, Ill.: Forget about looking at art; at Chicago’s Crown Fountain, you can BE the art. The interactive video sculpture features LED screens that display 50-foot photos of Chicago locals; actual water flows out of the screens, making it look like water is flowing out of their mouths. Art or not, it’s certainly nothing you’ll ever see in a museum.
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