Thursday, July 30, 2009

Two's a crowd?





"It is too fine an artwork to be destroyed—we need to find it a home so it can be enjoyed. Perhaps the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, a school, or a local surf shop might want it. Could you help spread the word and contact me with any takers."
Thanks much,
Jim Gilliam I City Manager's Dept. I City of Encinitas
505 S. Vulcan Ave. Encinitas, CA 92024 I
760.633.2746

25 comments:

  1. I agree. Move the Kook to Esconido or Valley Center. where ever the "artist" was from?

    Leave the better art, way more in line with Cardiff, in its place.

    Finally, Fairy Mary can go home.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Anon you are a kook, geek, etc. Fairy Mary is great entertainment. I love going by wondering what will be next. At least no one has damaged the work.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Actually there has been damage to the art, unfortunately.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I usually enjoy how they dress up the kook but this one blew my mind. It's really good and exactly what should have been done.

    When this latest version went up I felt embarrassed for what we have on permanent display. The kook can be fun but it's like having a losing sports team to mock, except this one's never going to get better.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Why could we not petition the art director, or the arts commission, to leave them both up? I think that they look great. Took pictures just the other day. BTW, Doty Tucker of DEMA is on the arts commisson. Perhaps DEMA could help or the Cardiff Chamber?

    ReplyDelete
  6. You can all thank the older Hansen for the Kook. The statue was supposed to be that of a girl surfer( notice the girl in the newer version.) When old Hansen heard of this he walked out of the room swearing he would never support a girl surf statue.- hence a odd looking boy one might see surfing in Greece. Whoever did this great piece of art is also attempting to make a statement IMHO.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Why can't the CIty leave both up and give the artist, whoever he or she is, credit? I think that they look great together. The new one needs a bit more stabilization, but other than that, I really like it. There is always more than one surfer in the water, so why not show it with 2 pieces of art. It does represent both men and women. Personally, I like the second one better. Everyone can still dress up the Kook, and the other we can be proud of. If this City does not want it, I bet Solana Beach would love it. Let me know if anyone wants me to call Jim Gilliam and ask about it. I would be happy to do it and get back to you with his answer. Also, e-mail Council if you like it. They are in charge of all the art projects anyway. I also think it's cool that Ji m is offering to at least move it, rather than just taking it down. Perhaps they are finally beginning to listen to citizens,as someone must have sent Jim's note to J.P. so he could post it.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Leave the later one at least, or if you must, leave the kook. I do like the outfits, she inspires.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Wow. Great job whoever did that wave and rider. The spray is great too! How'd you do that? When they get rid of the new wave behind the Kook, can we have it as a backdrop to our LEUCADIA sign? It needs help too.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I don't get it?

    Is this a TOPIARY on a surfboard? Kinda like it's a small world?

    ReplyDelete
  11. Great first step for more public art! Now lets see if anyone has the time / funds / balls to follow through.

    1)Raise the money to make the art permanent. Plywood and bailing wire wont last.

    2)Attend numerous art commission meetings, city council meetings etc. There should be no opposition if things go as they did last time where people were too lazy to protest the current sculpture depicting a kid learning to surf.

    3) Find a suitable location and negotiate with the city to allow a permanent piece.

    It will be nice to have more public art to stimulate conversation and emotions. Thats what art does!

    My bet is that no one will take this on. Its so much easier to deface what is there in the middle of the night. Sort of a sad comment on society.

    ReplyDelete
  12. It is a sad comment.

    The current sculpture took a lot of work to get approvals and raise funds. Though not all like the sculpture, that work should be appreciated. It's not easy.

    ReplyDelete
  13. UPDATE-the wirey ripper and wave are gone. The kook looks lonely.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Because Hansen was sexist everyone else went along with it? You can't make a good statue without it being female?

    The CK got approvals and permits. Who voted for that thing?

    ReplyDelete
  15. "The current sculpture took a lot of work to get approvals and raise funds. Though not all like the sculpture, that work should be appreciated. It's not easy"

    ...But its fricken ugly!!! The dude is from Hemet for Christ sake!!!It cost us over $100,000!!!I don't care if its not easy,its bad art! Why, oh why can't we have a nice surf statue? Santa Cruz, Oceanside, HB and many others have something to be proud of and this is what we have to look at everyday? And worst of all, we have out-of-town monkeys like you telling us to appreciate it, give us good art (like the one they are taking down) and we'll appreciate it.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Bravo!!!! well said!!!!

    Nothing more needs to be said.

    ReplyDelete
  17. The committee that got to be on the statue project was hand selected by the Council at the time. If you notice the base, all the big donors are on it. To the best of my knowledge no real surfers were on the committee. I have heard that very few of them had ever surfed. I highly doubt if Marion Ross ever surfed. One of the reasons the citizens did not complain was that the picture shown at a council meeting of the sculpture was the head only, and it was a blurred black and white. If I didn't believe that the City was so ethical I might have thought they did it intentionally. No one from the general public ever saw the final version. That was reserved, I guess for the select blue ribbon committee. Not even sure the Council saw the end product. Most of the money was donated, not given by the City who only paid for the base. No one even knows for sure if it was ever cleared by the Coastal Commission. So, when you have a small group of donors, one of them being Hansen, you have a lot more pull and say so.

    ReplyDelete
  18. There's plenty of room for more statues along the coast. If some one dislikes this one and wants their own, they should raise money and get the needed approvals.

    Most of the complainers lack the skills to raise money and the follow through to get it done.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I hope some one does. Cause the Kook is only a median for art to occur. The art comes from the outfits she adorns. Keep up the fresh art.

    ReplyDelete
  20. so sad the wave rider is gone. for a few days I was proud of my town.now I am back to looking forward to the kook's newest fashion statement. As Tim Gunn would say "Make it work."

    ReplyDelete
  21. Next outfit please.

    The Kook is looking lame again!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Someone will make a lot of money if they publish a calendar with all the different outfits the Kook has worn. And I'm not the first person to have this idea. Since it's public art there's no copyright on the image.

    ReplyDelete
  23. I have a picture of the latest outfit. I think J.P. or Kevin has posted most of them. Great idea Mary. A community calendar so that the community can use the funds for something we want.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Has anyone noticed the random dorsal fins showing up on the sidewalks in Cardiff? They seem to be working their way down the hill.

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for posting on our blog.
Anonymous comments are allowed after moderator review.
The moderator works at his leisure.