Sunday, May 05, 2019

Kansas City Builds The Artsy Wall



More insight into a pretentious protest against Prez Trump from the Kansas City creative class that's soon to block streets in the name of ALMOST making a declarative statement.

The upshot for those who don't remember this KCMO endorsed endeavor . . .

Andy Goldsworthy: Walking Wall

The dry-stacked wall will be about 100 yards, and the first section will built from March 3 to 23. Visitors are encouraged to view the crew’s working progress from inside the Bloch Building.

In May, stones from the first section will be moved to create a second section, which will cross Rockhill Road. From May 12 to June 3, Rockhill Road will be closed, and traffic will be rerouted. The road will reopen by June 3. The professional traffic company Streetwise designed the detour route, and the city approved the road closure in December 2018.

Even better . . . Check the map:



And now Kansas City judges if it's art or just a self-indulgent traffic block.

You decide . . .

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

For five or six years after Oldenburg managed to peddle the Shuttlecocks he had been trying to shop around for a decade, the biggest put-down in the New York Art Scene was "You could probably sell that in Kansas City".

Looks like that phrase is about due for a revival, doesn't it?

Anonymous said...


That wall is perfect! It looks just like a huge liberal snake, and given the fact that snakes live under rocks this wall is a perfect depiction of liberals and their slithering lives. Is Sly James under there too?

Anonymous said...

Noone would know the wall is supposed to be art if the Nelson hadn't announced it.

Anonymous said...

One person making a snotty comment does not represent the New York art scene especially considering the following: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York had a display of Oldenburg's sculptures in 2002 and his work was exhibited at the Whitney in New York and at the Tate Gallery in London.

Anonymous said...

Sure, @7:54 no one is putting down Oldenburg's brief moments of popularity, or New York's retrospectives of past "Pop Culture", but like most exhibits in the Butler Buildings, those fads of the past, like "Infinity Boxes" are now curios and relics.

We here in KC cling to them and consider them "icons", which is a characteristic we have, sort of analogous to our pathetic worship of Be-Bop Jazz when the rest of the World has moved on to better things.

And that comment was not one person being snotty, it made its way into the NYT Arts section several times, from several sources. Sorry, but it was valid.

Anonymous said...

I bet the grounds keeper is pissed, he’ll have to use a weed eater and a days time around most of that crooked crappy ass wall, he won’t be able to get a mower around most of it. Why is a stone wall art? There are a million stone walls in killa shitty, these people act like we’ve never seen one before.

Damn shame the art gallery bought into this, kinda embarrassing really.

Tunnel Vision Progressive said...

The wall will be covered in graffiti by next weekend. Just let weeds overgrow this wall the same as weeds and grass overgrow killa city's hood.

Anonymous said...

8:22 rolling fields of wheat buffer

Anonymous said...

Now all this "Piece" needs to complete it are craters that mimic potholes around it. KC at it's best ???????????????????????????????????????????????

Stupid.

Anonymous said...

Hey now, the hoodrats need a wall to protect themselves during all those gun battles they be havin! Plus, they need protection when they be reloading too!

Anonymous said...

A more appropriate outdoor art display for the Nelson would be giant weed whackers and leaf blowers.

Anonymous said...

TOP PHOTO -- CAN'T GET A STRAIGHT ANSWER

Queer things happen when Liberals build walls!!!

Anonymous said...

The word "art" has been used to describe so many things that the word is practically meaningless. This being a prime example.

Anonymous said...

Or a book titled "The Art Of The Deal" that discusses twenty Business "Deals", all of which were failures.

Anonymous said...

^^^ Hair triggered libtard, lol !

Anonymous said...

^^^ Didn't mention the "Cheeto's" hair, but now that you bring it up...

Tracy Thomas said...

Andy Goldsworthy is a world class artist.
Only the best galleries and collectors are honored to produce one of his events, and KC is very fortunate that Julian Zugazagoitia landed this exhibit at the Nelson.

I made a trip to Napa just to see five Goldsworthy's at the Hess Winery and Museum. And last month, was so fortunate to see the "three stone houses" that Goldsworthy built for the world class Glenstone Museum just outside WDC.

Actually, some of TKC's readers would dig it if they saw his work. It involves natural materials, rocks, earth, leaves, water--and is required by him to remain as the temporary installation disintegrates and returns to its revised form in nature.
It's Nature as Art.

At the Glenstone, one of the 3 stone cabins has an 8 foot ball occupying 90% of the space. But guess what--he built the wall INSIDE AFTER he built the cabin. When most visitors guess he built AROUND it. The giant orb has cracks--it's made of wet clay dug on site. And the orb will eventually collapse, like a Roman ruin or some other piece of the built world as it ages. And Glenstone is forbidden to repair it or remove it. The crumbling nature of the passage of nature and time is the whole point.

Can't wait to see Walking Wall here. One of the GOOD things happening in this town. While major portions of KCMO are crumbling and dysfunctional.

Tracy Thomas said...

correction: he built the BALL inside, not the wall.

Anonymous said...

It's not art if it blocks a city street. I don't care if he is world renown or not. Get that crap out of the public right of way.
This makes it very apparent why art degrees are not worth the paper they are printed on.

Anonymous said...

8:05 - just curious, what are these "better things" the world has moved on to?

Anonymous said...

What a lot of pointless work building and constantly moving all those stones. It's just stupid. Everyone can see it.

It's not beautiful. It's not functional. It's not meaningful. It's not art.
Thanks,
Radish