After picking up 3B from school, we decided (or I decided for him since he’s grounded) to do something different. We parked at the parking deck for the studio, grabbed a quick bite to eat and set off on a walking adventure about the city.
We walked down Fourth Street to Liberty Street down to the new Artivity Park. From there we walked Trade Street to Mast General Store. I wanted to see 3B’s face when he saw the candy aisle. He stood mouth agape. It was pleasing to see. Then we walked down to the new Innovation Quarter to the also new Bailey Park. That was beautiful and a wonderful use of space that otherwise may not have a lot of use.
We then walked by Reanimator Records around Krankie’s and then back to Fourth. We walked back up to the Chatham Bldg and to our car. All in all it was a great stroll and gave us about 2 hours of father/son time. Now I do have one thing that I feel was a bit annoying. I will explain:
in the past there was a patch of empty space, that while somewhat useless for the big picture, it served as a good parking space in the already depleted Arts District for events such as Friday Gallery Hop, Summer on Trade, the various Sunday fests that AFAS puts on around Trade. It held upwards of 35-50 cars, if the people parked smartly. A little while back it closed up behind a fence and I noticed some weird spiky things appeared. Then more and more stuff like that showed up there, behind the fence. Well, it turned out to be this new Artivity on the Green thing.
Now, as my friend JL said, art is subjective. This is true; it is subjective to my opinions. Some people like this installation. I, on the other hand, find it an eyesore. It’s unattractive. I also find it to be waste of space, money and resources. It makes no sense, other than a lot of red spikes (that my or may not do something with water), some protrusions from the ground, a white curvy thing that appears to be more for seating than anything and red lines that encircle or touch several of the buildings around the area. I know they’re encouraging buskers (which I agree with), and will redo the mural every so often. I can get behind that. Like I’ve said, i can get behind the art, I just feel there are better things to do with that space. I really dig and support AFAS – Harry, Julie and all those involved – but I view this as awful.
Don’t read this as disrespect, because I do respect it. And, the capitalist in me knows that AFAS owns the space and well, we’ll just have to live with what they put in, ugly, ridiculous or not. Just a disappointment to me. I am, however, open to having my mind changed. I welcome it. I want to like it, I just don’t. Maybe I need to get Harry and Julie on The Less Desirables to talk about it and convince me otherwise.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection.” Agnes Martin