Central Saint Giles
This artwork has got nothing; no shape, color, tactility, structure. What a nerve to make such work!
The sculpture stands at the entrance of a shopping center. I imagine that the type of person that likes to come in a mall, find such a work of art abhorrent. Maybe that's exactly the thing that enjoys the artist. It testifies of humor to place a work of art that has got nothing on a pedestal.
The artwork is touching for its ugliness. Because of the lack of humor, eloquence or aesthetic value it’s hard to be positive about the artwork.
Compared with other works
Willem de Kooning created with Reclining Figure (Rotterdam, picture 1) an artwork that is attractive, three-dimensional, raises many associations by the experienced viewer. This is a good piece of art that fits in a city where functionality and sobriety is important, yet whith an alternative subculture within the artistic scene.
Jonathan Meese does with Humpy Dumpy (Berlin, picture 2, more information
) no effort to create a "beautiful" artwork but is convincing critical on the transience and futility of power and violence.
These ugly giant Öffentliche Rose by Rolf Szymanski (Munich, picture 3, more information
) shows himself as he is. If you look closely, a rose might become visible. Don’t you think that fading flowers are aesthetically? Vulnerable, rich in color, after years familiar with the house on the backside. Besides, this artwork is surrounded by ancient trees and mansions.
Another ugly cyclope Meeresgrund by Otto Petri (Berlin, picture 4, more information
) looks fascinated at an attractive sleeping woman. This is not a good work of art, but the simple natural material evoke a primal force and sensuality.
Adapted from a smaller work by the sculptor also titled William. The fluid, anonymous figure is intended to "speak of the ever-shifting present" and not of the past, and thus have the opposite qualities to most public sculpture.