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This is not a controversial issue about public sculpture, but a
item that may be of interest. There is a new movie in release
called "Cadillac Ranch" in which three sisters find their way
to the real Cadillac Ranch. Also, PBS recently aired a feature
about Cadilllac Ranch..
For those of you not familiar with Cadillac Ranch, it's a public
sculpture (for lack of a better term) of a number of cadillacs
buried partially in the ground so that the body and tail of each
car is above ground and slanting towards the sky. The cars are
in a row in the middle of a field and can be seen from the
Interstate on the western outskirts of Amarillo, Texas. I think
it would be a great work to compare to Carhenge in Nebraska.
Nancy> Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 22:11:34 -0500
> Pam Stephens wrote:
> > For a future issue of the newsletter published by the North
> > Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts, I am
> > researching the topic of public sculpture. Controversy
> > frequently accompanies installation of public sculpture. I
> > would like to include within the article reference to issues
> > that have stemmed from sculpture being placed in public areas.
> > This is a request for your input. If you know of a controversy
> > arising from the installation of public sculpture in your area, please
> > share. I am looking for all sorts of issues whether they relate
> > to the actual object, funding of the artwork, the site of the
> > artwork, or anything surrounding the installation.
> > Please be as specific as possible in your response (title of
> > work, artist, location, or any reference documentation will be
> > helpful).
> > If your "controversy" is used in the newsletter article, you will be listed
> > as a contributor.
> > Thanks for your help!
> > Pam Stephens
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> > Pamela Geiger Stephens
> > Project Coordinator
> > North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts
> > P.O. Box 5098
> > University of North Texas 76203-0098
> > 817-565-4552
> > 817-565-4867 fax
> > stephens
> This is probably of no help to you....
> Upon reading your article, I recall a few years ago, when "shuttlecocks"
> were installed in the yard at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. (I am
> from Kansas City, MO). I know that if you were to research this museum,
> there were articles in the Kansas City Star about how the public
> responded to this. Many people thought they were ugly and made no
> sense. They thought "How is a badminton birdie a sculpture?" Yet they
> are still there.
> I also recall the sculptures put on top of Bartle Hall, in downtown K.C.
> Perhapse the Newspaper again would be a starting place for your
Nancy Walkup, Project Coordinator
North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts
PO Box 5098, University of North Texas
Denton, TX 76203
817/565-3986 FAX 817/565-4867