Sunday, December 06, 2009
Concrete Scab: Interactive Art
Months ago I posted another image of this concrete scab lurking outside the Plattsburgh Public Library. It's been there time immemorial, apparently excess concrete left over after the PPL front steps were fixed. I thought this would be removed after Oak Street had been repaved.
Maybe it was dumped there to fill in a hole between the curb and the sidewalk. But who would fill in a hole and leave such an uneven surface, especially with a large rocky knob sticking up?
Then it dawned on me: this must be the city's answer to the abstract art seen around the Plattsburgh State campus. Grotesque hulks slapped together with minimum thought, works of deteriorating concrete and rusty metal – good for the environment, of course. The concrete scab outside PPL must be a scaled down version of such creations but with an interactive feature.
The interactive feature is that someone trips over the scab, breaks a leg, and sues the city.