Wednesday, February 14, 2007

In (Belated) Honor of Valentine's Day: Another Post on Odd Art!

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This absolutely incredible bronze and limestone work is a captivating portrait of George Phillip Vierheller, a former director of the St. Louis zoo. Sculpted by artist Richard Frazier in honor of Vierheller's retirement, this masterpiece captures the poignancy of the love between a man who loved animals and an animal who apparently loved him back.

While perhaps slightly inappropriate for very young children and elderly persons somewhat prone to apoplectic attacks, this seminal piece of work, which is also very green, proudly follows in the ancient tradition of erotic art long typified by such artists as Lorenzo Lotto, Antoine Watteau, and someone else whose name quite escapes me at this time.

One can only wonder: was this a love that dared not speak its name? Why would a man in such a position bear such a stoic expression on his face? And most importantly: is this really legal outside Alabama? The art historian can only ponder such mysteries; the answers may be lost to us forever.

* additional art reviews may be found under the "Odd Art" drop down under my avatar

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7 Comments:

Anonymous happy and blue 2 said...

Which character in the statue is George Phillip Vierheller..

And if one of them is a girl isn't it legal in Georgia and Alabama as well..

9:51 PM  
Anonymous happy and blue 2 said...

Sorry, I see it is legal in Alabama either way, ha,ha..

9:53 PM  
Blogger roselle said...

OMG La, i'm a big dork - in a blog template change, i lost the link to your blog and i didn't know the site off hand!!! so glad you came back!

happy belated v day to you too!!!

11:43 PM  
Anonymous richships@bellsouth.net said...

Odd art?


Did you not see 'Tarzan In New York'? That's Cheeta.


Thanks for the belated 'tine. Back at ya!

Cap'n Rich

1:44 AM  
Blogger Fuzzbert said...

The monkey was looking for a banana, but sadly only found a peanut!

12:09 PM  
Blogger glomgold said...

That is most assuredly a bonobo monkey because those things have sex all day every day with everything!
On an entirely separate note, L, you MUST see the Tony Jaa movie "The Protector/Tom Yum Goong". Absolutely must.

12:24 PM  
Blogger L said...

happy and blue: ha ha ha! Unfortunately, we do not know the name of the monkey

Roselle: hello there stranger :)

rich: I love odd art....

fuzzbert: heh heh

glomgold: The Protector is awesome!! I saw it in the theater and fell in love with it! I actually liked it better than Ong-Bak due to its high cheese factor

1:23 PM  

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