Sunday, August 5, 2012

Lawn Art in Pecan Park

Robert Boyd

I was trying to take a shortcut to Broadway by driving through the residential streets of Pecan Park. I was driving up Myrtle St. when I saw this:

This noble steed was tied up in the yard of a house at the corner of Pabst and Myrtle.

As far as I can tell, this is a leftover, damaged horse from one of those municipal public art things where fiberglass animal statues are painted in various fanciful ways and placed at various points around town. This started with the Cow Parade which stared in Chicago in 1999. (It encountered a hick-up in New York in 2000 when they unwisely commissioned David Lynch to produce a cow sculpture.) There is now a company that does nothing but manufacture these animals for such kitschy celebrations of municipal pride. (Cowpainters has an amazing catalog, but I was disappointed to find that they didn't have a chupacabra mold.)

Even though I think these "cow parade"-style things are kind of ridiculous, I like this lone avaition-themed horse. It's worse for the wear, with a quasi-prosthetic on one foot and a bucket on another. (Perhaps this is an homage to The Art Guys.) The best part is the rope keeping the horse tied to the tree. Don't want him to escape, I guess!

And the planes are pretty cool, too.


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