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Please Don’t Climb The Art—If We Don’t Respect Ourselves, Our Political & Corporate Leaders Will Just Go On Abusing Us

Above is a picture I took a few days ago of a piece of public art at Discovery Green Park in Downtown Houston.

You see in front of the sculpture a sign telling people not to climb the art.

I’m not sure why I was a little bit surprised. People are always doing dumb things they should not be doing.

The problem of people climbing the art in Discovery Green is such that the park website also asks people not to climb the art.

The  sculpture above is called Monument Au Fantome.

Here is some of what the Discovery Green website says about this work

“The large free-form red-white-blue sculpture on Avenida de las Americas is the park’s most well-known artwork and one of Houston’s great treasures.  Its title means “Monument to the Phantom” or imaginary city in French.  There are seven individual forms that represent different features of this city, including a church, hedge, chimney, dog, phantom, tree and mast.  The sculpture is by Jean Dubuffet, an internationally-known 20th century French sculptor who passed away in 1985 (two years after the sculpture was completed).”

Here is a post I made last month about a vandalized piece of public art in another Houston park.

Here is a post I made last year about litter in the otherwise very nice Tony Marron Park in Houston.

When we don’t treat our shared public assets with respect and when we don’t treat each other with respect, why are we surprised when we are routinely abused by our political and corporate leaders?


June 13, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , ,


  1. I actually don’t think that is why the reason the sign is there. Discovery Green is a park, meaning it’s a place where tons of people bring their kids to let them run around and play outside. And this is a giant colorful thing inside that park. I think the kids where probably climbing on it, because that’s what kids do. I mean, I see the connection you made, but I do think there’s something to be said about putting art in a public space (but particularly this space) and expecting it to possibly get climbed on every now and then.

    Comment by thisisroxanne | June 14, 2012

  2. I did consider that it might be for the most part kids climbing the art. (Though you can never be sure about that.) But even if it is for the most part kids, I just don’t think that folks for the most part look at a work such as this and think it is for climbing. It is true that the park is a place to have fun and to see stuff, but that does not remove the obligation of people to watch their kids.

    Thanks for the comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | June 14, 2012

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