If you're not from Columbia or really into art you might assume Blue Sky is the latest celebrity baby name. But he is an artist from Columbia most famous for a mural called "Tunnel Vision"
It's really a beautiful way of snaring people driving under the influence. Years after he did "Tunnel Vision", he created "Busted Plug Plaza".
Which is really a fun way of making your dog feel like their shrinking. It has sat across from Tunnel Vision since 2001. AgFirst Farm Credit Bank who owns all of the art is moving. So late last year they told the city Columbia could have the art if they wanted it. AgFirst would even donate $25,000 to help move it. But what should we do with it? No one agreed with my suggestion of "fix it", so the search goes on.
Blue has chimed in that he'd like to see it moved over to Finlay Park. Oh and he wants it to shoot water in to the air. But won't that add a lot of expense? Only $350,000 said the guy not paying for it, Blue Sky. He envisions it at the top of the park near the corner of Laurel and Assembly. But from the looks of this post card, we've already got a cool water feature up there.
The Mayor has suggested putting it down near the bottom of the park, near the corner of Taylor and Gadsden. But Blue told the Mayor "No one would see the sculpture there. In fact the only people there are homeless people"! So only people with homes enjoy art? Is that it Blue Sky? I own a home and think this Busted Plug thing is stupid. Perhaps the homeless people would get something out of it. If nothing else it would be a great place for them to shower. But Blue wasn't done yet. "You know what it's like dealing with you guys? It's like dealing with inner matter. You don't feel anything"! Maybe they feel something called broke. As in we don't have $350,000 to piss away on something that looks like an accident.
Then the Mayor explained that putting it where Blue wants, would be extremely difficult because of all the underground utility lines. In addition it could become a safety hazard because it's teetering on a hill. Blue wasn't hearing that. "I'm the artist and I'm telling you where to put it". At that point I would have said 'And I'm the Mayor and I'm telling you to put Busted Plug straight up your candy ass'. Yeah I would talk like the Rock if I was the Mayor.
Do all artists get to tell people what to do with their art once someone else owns it? Can my favorite artist in Columbia, the Chicken Man, (who has never complained about his not so distinctive corner on Harden & Gervais) come tell me to move my chicken painting to another wall?
photo: screengrab ETV
No because me and the Chicken Man are cool like dat! Blue, you made the "art", but you're not cool like the Chickenman and the people who own that art can now do whatever they want with it.