But we're gonna do it anyway.
|The Avenging Angel welcomes a new altar|
The piece actually doesn't have room to breathe and it is crowded by both the light pole and garbage can. The installation site is not in a very good place for this piece. While it will have more passers-by here than it did at the Conference Center, it's still jammed into a bulb-out spandrel rather than given its own real space. It's afterthought, not integral.
Even though it has a fancy, semi-mirrored exterior, in form and location it looks more like a telecommunications cabinet or vault playing dress-up.
Or an altar to the Avenging Angel of Autoism.
The unveiling of "The Cube" sculpture on Wednesday. http://t.co/eAM9GFIjbc pic.twitter.com/jlMZ4VmzCkIf we are going to be serious about making good places to walk, and stroll, and shop, and enjoy downtown, we will have to make a 180-degree turn and attend more to the rivers of cars that suck the air and life out of the sidewalks.
— City of Salem (@cityofsalem) March 5, 2015
The problem isn't that the sidewalks don't have enough neat furniture or things to look at.
The problem is all the cars.
Remember Ada Louis Huxtable's words:
Some day, some American city will discover the Malthusian truth that the greater number of automobiles, the less the city can accommodate them without destroying itself. The downtown that turns itself into a parking lot is spreading its own dissolution.Until we grapple with the cars, and the space they consume, we'll be more than a little like Flatlanders contemplating the Cube.