River Activity

Anyone know what’s going on here? I noticed it on the newschannel5 skycam:


UPDATE: Ah, as I just learned via nashvillecharrette, this is the Ghost Ballet art installation that they are putting up.

10 Comments so far

  1. saraclark (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 3:02 pm

    They are erecting the newest piece of city art. It looks kind of like a deconstructed ride from Opryland. Should be finished by the end of the week.

  2. Chris Wage (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 3:05 pm

    Yeah, I was just looking at the renderings in the Tennessean article. I am not sure about it. We’ll see..

  3. Jay (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 3:20 pm

    We needed more scrap metal along the river?

  4. Chris Wage (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 3:25 pm

    I wasn’t gonna say it.. Actually I think the original metal arms there are kinda cool looking, even though I am not 100% sure what they are/were (For loading barges/boats into the river, I assume?)

  5. CeeElCee (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

    I’m usually a big fan of edgy art, especially sculpture. But the price tag on this piece seems like we got taken for a ride. A quarter million bucks could have gone to a lot of other good uses in this city.

    Plus that’s exactly where we used to pee into the Cumberland when we used to tailgate in lot R before Titans games. Ahh, good times…

    Anyway, go here for the other finalists that weren’t selected: http://www.civicdesigncenter.org/exhibits-publicart.html

  6. Chris Wage (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 5:27 pm

    Wow, $250k? That is a lot. I can think of a lot of things that $250k could have paid for. housing for the homeless, for example.

  7. Chris Wage (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 5:30 pm

    Wow, looking at those renderings, it is even uglier than I thought possible.

    What a shame..

  8. Jack (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 6:46 pm

    That thing looks ridiculous. Then again, I’m no fan of modern sculpture. It DOES look like a broken down Opryland ride for sure.

    $250,000? I’m with Wage, that’s money that could be spent on a lot better things. Homeless, teachers, police, firemen, MTA drivers, etc.

    Then again, we’re also going to spend a lot of money to build a town square in East Nashville. Our priorities are all kinds of screwed up in this city.

    I’m not sure what’s uglier, that sculpture or the painted guitars all over town.

  9. john h (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 10:07 pm

    I do believe there is a place for public art in the city. Good public art doesn’t come cheap, but it does enhance our lives, and it’s available for everyone, not just for those who have the money for fine museums.

    On the other hand, I’m not sure this qualifies..it does look kind of like a confused leftover from Opryland.

    but, i can say i’m glad the giant guitar didn’t win!

  10. Sarcastro (unregistered) on July 10th, 2007 @ 6:15 am

    I don’t know much about art, but I know a half finished roller coaster when I see one.

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