Pictured above standing in the shadow of the second Warhol Factory, is the chrome finished statue of Andy Warhol titled THE ANDY MONUMENT by Rob Pruitt. The statue is located in the northeastern corner of the park across from the Starbucks on the Barnes & Noble side.
I missed the unveiling, but James Kalm was there and got to interview the artist on his initial reactions.
The statue is standing in the alleged same spot where Warhol gave away signed copies of his Interview Magazine.
Above, "Andy" "towers" "majestically" over a crowd of people who couldn't give two shits.
"What is that shiny...Oh snap, IS THAT A CHIPOTLE?!"
Empty Campbell's tomato soup cans placed by fans litter the base literally numbering in the tens
of thousands, along with three hundred bouquets of flowers. If they were full soup cans they would have been eaten by homeless art lovers.
One of my major critiques of this sculpture can be seen in the above photo, it's the pedestal. Is just me or does the typography on the pedestal of the statue look half-assed, and the pedestal itself look sort of like a cheap faux-concrete movie prop? I hope that part is just temporary.
For one thing, it is cheaply constructed, the stacked pyramid typography with a growing as it ascends font looks hack, and it is just too tall. Warhol should be taller than the average person walking by, but not so tall as all we have is an up angle view of his face which has all the detail of a soap carving .
The detail on the bag is clean, but the face looks like it's half melted. Silly Warhol, Indy warned you not to look into the Arc.
The monument is also in the shadow of a Petco, which according to this HuffPo article, actually housed The Factory after it moved from it's second address. Upon noticing the Petco Molly squeeled, "Yay, we can see Warhol, and pet kitties!" Which we did, in that order.
So in conclusion, the piece is cool and eye catching. It is a much closer shrine to Warhol than for a New Yorker to have to take the pilgrimage to Pittsburg. It also reminds you that he was a human who worked and walked around neighborhood streets like the rest of us. That said, I can overlook the melty face if the pedestal gets sorted out.
Just drop him down about a foot, take the stacked type and set it in the same size font on one line. It will look a lot classier as well as make for better photo ops.
The Andy Monument will be on display until until October 2.
After taking in the memorial, and petting the kitties we headed North to Affordable Art Fair. On the way we noticed a Dos Equis Taco Truck giving away free tacos for Cinco de Mayo but there was a catch.
The catch was that the tacos were made of brains, tongue, or crickets.
Molly was braver than me and ate a tiny tongue taco, I watched while trying not to vomit. Maybe after a few beers, but I usually try not to eat tongue on an empty stomach.
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