When the art hits the fan

August 13, 2008
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At Switzerland's Zentrum Paul Klee, an inflatable pile of dog feces the size of a modest ranch home came loose from the museum grounds, knocked down a power line, and broke a window in a nearby children's home. See the BBC report here.

The work, created by artist Paul McCarthy, was supposed to deflate in strong winds. That didn't happen.

Frankly, I'm not sure what to say about it. And I don't have the, well, scoop.

But I felt compelled to bring it to your attention. Discuss.
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  • That was funny and made me laugh out loud at the picture of it, but is inflatable supersized dog poo art? I think this is where contemporary art gets a bad name sometimes. Though I enjoy the title of the work.
  • I really, really hope someone got video of this.
  • Too bad the artist is American. Just another thing to be embarrassed about.
  • I think I heard that it hit a giant industrial-sized fan before deflating!
  • I find it odd that in the middle of a heated debate about the value of art in Indianapolis, you feel compelled to bring attention to a sculpture that will obviously push the buttons of our more conservative, humorless brethren.

    Or was that the point? :-)
  • Ablerock,
    No agenda. It's just that flying poop is difficult to resist.
    Lou
  • Is this stuff really safe? I don't mean does it smell or carry e-coli, but when I went to the link about the flying poo there was an article about another inflatable art installation that got loose that killed two and injured 13 in 2006

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