Hi everybody it’s time for everybody’s favorite head snapper What the #@(& is that! Today’s labour day edition takes a spin down Portage avenue and though the downtown core.
Our first installment comes courtesy of the fine folks at Air Canada, Canada’s largest and most maligned airline service. This huge objet d’art is tucked away in a corner of the courtyard that most people just wizz by in traffic and I only just discovered it yesterday.
I just find it hilarious that Air Canada an airline renowned for its high rates and poor customer service would have a rat with wings at its Winnipeg head office. Kinda makes you wonder what other decisions are going on in the boardrooms.
Yes, we literally have balls people. These “marbles” started popping up this summer as a way to brighten up the downtown and introduce a sense of whimsy into the area. Made of fiberglass and designed to be functional planters as well and light sources at night. I guess as pieces of art they at least look what they are supposed to be. Being lightweight and sturdy they should last at least a few years in our harsh climate.
This next piece takes us to the courtyard of the Millennium Library once again. To view….wait for it. A rusty steel wall, but not any rusty steel wall, a steel wall with holes cut in it. Sentinel of Truth cost $90,000 for a city whose infrastructure is crumbling before our eyes this is unacceptable. The artist claims he was paid only marginally with the majority of the money going into the raw materials needed for the project.
Hmmmm buddy, you’re making rust! Besides helping the homeless population of Winnipeg stay current on tetanus shots what else are you hoping to do?
Since we were already in the Millennium Library courtyard I decided to get an update on one of the pieces that I had reviewed earlier. You will remember Emptyful resembles an empty science beaker supposed to represent the open sky of Winnipeg and the creativity of it’s people. Cough, cough, bullshit, cough.
Here it is in working condition complete with water spray and fog effects.
Costing a woeful $550,000 this self flushing urinal leaves me feeling very emptyful. What can I do but shake my head?
I hope you enjoyed today’s look around downtown Winnipeg. Stay tuned for more of What the #@(& is that!
Author’s Note: I took the liberty of going into the archives for an easy look at past editions of our crazy public artwork.