Sunday, February 26, 2012

At least Amy wasn't dozing during art appreciation class.

For Chris's complaint to make sense ("I don’t know what it has to do with our historic city"), he must be prepared to explain what art of any sort actually DOES have to do with our historic city -- and he can't cheat by asking his fellow literalist Bob "CeeSaw" Caesar, who believes that art is so important that it must be outsourced to Tennessee to truly matter.

At least Amy was around to offer the counter-point. Either of them, or preferably both, might ask the best available question: Why is there a fork painted on the road in front of the Cardinal Ritter House?

CHEERS AND JEERS — For Feb. 25-26


... to the art display of a fork stuck in a piece of cheese along Market Street in downtown New Albany.

Who approved it and what is it supposed to signify — that we have a few restaurants in the downtown area? I don’t know what it has to do with our historic city. Maybe it would work better at the Carnegie Center. Unless I am mistaken, I don’t think we are the fork or cheese capital of the world.

— Chris Morris, Assistant Editor


... to the giant fork stuck in a piece of cheese sculpture along Market Street in downtown New Albany.

While I didn’t really plan to cheer the cheese, reading Mr. Morris’ preceding jeer reminded me of the chuckle I got when I saw the cheese for the first time last week. It’s fun and whimsical. So what if it doesn’t have anything to do with New Albany’s history?

Just let it be what it is. It’s art. Don’t you just love it?

— Amy Huffman-Branham, assistant editor


w&la said...

We are the assisted living capital of Indiana (per capita, we're told). Perhaps Chris Morris could write a story about that.

Jeff Gillenwater said...

Actually, the story w↦la mentions could tie directly into the Ritter House. They received federal housing money and have used it to promote more subsidized housing via the Housing Partnership. Maybe that's what the fork is about-- subsidized housing as an attraction.

Kate Caufield said...

Minneapolis is well known for their sculpture garden with a spoon and a cherry; Kansas City has a giant shuttlecock and badminton set by the same artist that they're similarly known for. I think the fork and cheese is perfect.

The New Albanian said...

In fairness to Chris, all he knows is sports.

w&la said...

Any artistic effort in the public space is welcome.

The large metal flowers are really nice as well!

Jeff Gillenwater said...

I've been a fan of the fork piece since it was a wee concept.

Daniel S said...

The real story is how all of this was installed without proper permitting. But in Roger's defense, all he knows is overpriced beer, typically seeing double, so this would make sense to him.

The New Albanian said...

I look forward to reading all about the non-permitting at the newspaper's web site, right underneath the pop-ups and roll-overs.

Jeff Gillenwater said...

Not to worry. If the City intends to start fighting cheese, it'll take 'em a year or two to even get to the fork installation.