Sheer Heart Attack: A New Line of Public Art
Even pigs (pork barrel politics), snakes (lobbyists) and leeches (lawyers) would make sense. But hearts?
Massive painted hearts are going up in Union Station and around the District and the first question you have to ask is: Why? Is there something especially coronary about Washington, I mean except for the heart attack you're likely to experience walking up a broken Metro escalator or while sitting in traffic on the Beltway?
But the hearts don't have anything to do with Washington. They're from Colombia, part of that country's "Discover Colombia Through Its Heart" tourism campaign. This, I suppose, is better than the old campaign: "Discover Colombia Through Your Nose."
My first objection to these hearts is aesthetic. They're too realistic. What's with those two little stems at the top? Are they the aorta and superior vena cava? It creeps me out just looking at them. I want to put the heart in a cooler full of ice and get it to Washington Hospital Center.
Then there's the whole appropriateness of them being here, clogging up our streets like so much cholesterol. Will we soon be tripping over Canadian maple leaves, Irish shamrocks, German beer steins, Australian kangaroos...?
Or maybe I just need to get a heart.
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