Sunday, April 16, 2006

Did the Earth Wobble for You ??

San Francisco hit by earthquake dilemma
By Catherine Elsworth
(Filed: 15/04/2006)

San Francisco is grappling with the dilemma of how to mark the 100th anniversary of the worst tragedy in its history: the earthquake and fire that all but wiped it from the map.
On the face of it, there is not much to celebrate. More than 3,000 people perished and 29,000 buildings were razed in the disaster, a combination of the quake and then a three-day inferno.
But San Francisco recovered, becoming famous for its Golden Gate Bridge, as the backdrop for Hitchcock's Vertigo and the birthplace of the hippy movement.
Liz Hickok, an artist, built a huge model of the city out of blocks of primary-coloured jelly. The backlit sculpture was shaken to "simulate how the buildings of downtown San Francisco might 'jiggle' when the Big One strikes".
It was on show for just one day and had to be thrown out when it turned mouldy.


Blogger Bob said...

I've seen other things on show that were moldy but never got thrown out. Surprised they didn't let it keep getting moldy to make some kind of artistic statementabout urban decay. That would be relevant.

5:28 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

I noticed that they marked the anniversary with several national geographic and history channel documentaries about how screwed the city is when the next Big One hits.

8:27 AM  
Blogger ByronB said...

If you ever want to see rubbish parading as art, then you need to visit the Tate Modern gallery in London, Bob. It's packed to the brim with pretentious piffle.

I believe that this exhibition was a trial for the idea that in future all new buildings in SF will be built of jello to withstand the next big shock, Sarkasmo. Now all they have to do is defeat the mould problem...

2:30 PM  

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