The 9th and 9th whale sculpture is schlocky in every way


(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) “Out of the Blue,” by artist Stephen Kesler causes a stir at the roundabout at 900 South 1100 East in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. The life-size sculpture of a whale humpback has drawn its share of lovers and haters to the new addition to the neighborhood.

OK, Salt Lake City Arts Council, you have your whale in the middle of the roundabout at 900 South and 1100 East. Are you happy now?

From my lawn, just up the hill on 900 South, this thing looks more like a cheesy come-on for a honky tonk carnival than a worthy piece of public art. I’m sure none of you live near our neighborhood, and based on the aesthetic taste reflected by this horror, most of you would consider the Mickey Mouse statue at Disneyland to be art.

In fact, this thing is cheap and schlocky in every way: materials, placement, scale, frame suitability, and design aesthetic.

What a waste of public money and what a blight on our historic district your efforts have inflicted. I can’t wait for this monstrosity to be covered in graffiti and attacked by vandals to be removed as it is an attractive nuisance and a danger to public safety.

Robert Barth, Salt Lake City

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