THe City of Greensboro blew it when they listened to the trite complaints of a few community members and removed a wonderful sculpture from the new greenway in Greensboro. Gary speaks the truth in this News and Record article. Sorry Gary. Your benches were awesome. I apologize that my community cannot elect smarter officials. It's a direct result of our less than acceptable public education where art and art appreciation have gone the way of dial phones and typewriters. I hope the publicity from this gets you 15 more grants. I guess all those "no-good bumbs and prostitutes" are gone now from the streets of Greensboro. What a shame that your art attracted them.
Removal of public art was a desecration
BY GARY GRESCO
When I first poured my heart and soul into the Warnersville bench installation, I had no idea this art project would have such a profound impact.
How could steel and stone be responsible for the ills of this community? Especially when there are so many other benches throughout Greensboro. This question was a major topic of conversation at the Tri-State Sculptors' annual conference at Elon University last weekend.
I have reached some conclusions. The Warnersville bench was removed to thwart the very words inscribed on each segment. They are:
-- Remove Endurance and replace it with surrender.
-- Remove Triumph and replace it with failure.
-- Remove Faith and replace it with apathy.
-- Remove Strength and replace it with weakness.
-- Remove Hope and replace it with despair.
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AMAZING Comment by Zhak on News and Record Comment Board:
"One summer evening a couple spotted five freshly varnished chairs glowing in the moonlight in the Warnersville neighborhood. He wished to sit on the chair marked 'endurance.' She had only ten minutes to spare so vetoed the idea. She wished to sit on the chair marked 'faith' since she had not yet seen his wallet. He suggested 'triumph' as he looked forward to having his way without the benefit of responsibility or character. She preferred 'strength' as would she have the strength to make it through one more shift. Neither considered 'hope' as this seat was taken by the community that hoped by some miracle someone would make this whole situation go away."