Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sculptor Tom Otterness Installation On Hold While SF Mulls Old Dog-Shooting Incident

Sculptor Tom Otterness, center, in DUMBO in 2008. By MK Metz
The past continues to haunt Brooklyn sculptor Tom Otterness.

After learning about Otterness shooting an adopted dog to death 33 years ago as part of an art piece, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on Monday called for his planned $750,000 public art installation in the Central Subway to be put on hold, according to SFgate.

Otterness contracted to create "a series of humorous sculptural vignettes featuring his signature bronze characters as transit riders," according to the San Francisco Arts Commission, which now says it will look into the incident.

In 2008 Otterness responded to the requests of many McBrooklyn readers who commented about the deed. His apology is here.

- Artist Otterness Apologizes for Decades-Old Dog-Killing Incident Brooklyn Eagle
- Otterness 'Large Covered Wagon' Feted in Dumbo
- Otterness Large Covered Wagon Installed in Dumbo
- Dog-Killing Past Still Haunts Otterness as Sculpture Comes to Dumbo

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1 comment:

Ben said...

Art exposes the Artist,as it should. Apologies for early work is common.
" was in the context of the times and the scene I was in.” Is always true for everybody, the Artist is measured by his/her response. Excuses tell us a lot about the works quality. Art doesn't need excuses.