A brief description of poems, stories, essays and God knows what else that I've admired and thought worth mentioning.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Boys of Summer, by Michael McLaughlin
I'm not really a huge fan of contemporary public sculpture. And I have to say that personally, I haven't been all that taken by the downtown Santa Cruz street sculpture that has become part of the scene through the auspices of SculpTOUR, though I think many people have really enjoyed the new fixtures on Pacific Avenue, and I do laud the effort.
But I do like the "Boys of Summer" installation by artist Michael McLaughlin that appeared about a year ago. As it's Santa Cruz, and not exactly the Arctic, you'd expect these to be sculptures of surfers. But no, it's a series of two foot penguins that grace both sides of a block or so of Pacific Avenue. I see half of them pretty much five days a week as I walk to the bus station and they never fail to cheer me up a little after the work day. I find them marvelously expressive and give me a lot of hope for representational sculpture.
You can see a lot of these up close and personal on Cosmo Curiosity's photostream, but here's a nice group shot from when they first arrived from the sea. (Yeah, I don't know why they didn't sink either...)
There was a nice article about all this by Wallace Baines in our local paper if you'd like to know more.