Monday, October 06, 2014

8th Wonder of the World - The Tympanum!

The social sculpture by Michael Oatman and Brian Kane made me think that some type of M.U.T.O. (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism) had found its way into the Great Hall of Union Station from the nearby subway. The large beast looked aquatic in nature, with a giant eyeball held high in the air by a thick column jutting up from the body, originating from the body which was composed of multiple appendages.
Jutting slabs of arms, or legs, or feelers seemed barely contained within a partial cage, ready to strike nearby travelers unfortunate to pass close by the installation. I have a strong feeling the creature was wakened by the long construction that has been taking part within this giant hub for Toronto's commuters. Toxic hot dog juices had long seeped into the cracks in the sidewalks and percolated deep down into the crust and further down into earth's mantle until only horror survived.

A Nuit Blanche 2014 hold out left alive by pumps which keep the monstrosity inflated and provides "a colossus for a new age and a love letter to the great North American huckster, P.T. Barnum." The project still asks "what is it?", much like the majority of works in the all-night contemporary art event.

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