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By Tom Toles

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The ugliest thing in the world

You may nominate your own candidates, but I think I may already have the winner in this very competitive category.

It's the "ArcelorMittal Orbit," and it will be built for the 2012 London Olympics. Britain's LARGEST sculpture! Aggressively graceless, and 377 feet of it! I confess to being something of a traditionalist in my taste for public monuments. I never was even the biggest fan of the Eiffel Tower, but this is the Eiffel Tower after the nuclear accident. No doubt that was the plan, and it is thereby already considered a triumph. An evocative testament to the inter-spiraling torment of the 21st century's advancing retrospective spirit of self-aware contemplation and distraction. I give you permission to call me a philistine. Likely true. It's still a cheese grater on my eyeballs. --Tom Toles

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By Tom Toles  | May 4, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  International, Iran, National Security  
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Mr. Toles,

Regarding your cartoon:

Ahmadinejab had NOTHING to do with the Times Square bombing attempt, just as Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with the attacks on September 11, 2001.

Are you trying to start another war for a lie, Mr. Toles?

I was in a war for a lie 40 years ago. Do we need these things every so often to prove our devotion to duplicity and our prowess at incinerating innocent people?

If this war gets going, Mr. Toles, the innocent lives lost will be your doing.

Posted by: nemohaha | May 7, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Tom, it seems that in your search for the ugliest you may have missed the "Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health" in Las Vegas. In one of my many outraged letters to LV newspapers, I expressed my suspicion that this Frank Gehry-designed monstrosity was aimed at drumming up business for the institute by causing disorientation and, with repeated exposure, brain damage in passers-by. Waddaya think?

See it at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou_Ruvo_Center_for_Brain_Health


Posted by: blzebub23 | May 5, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Oh and by the way, your cartoon of Iran's fearless leader is on the mark. That's two for two Mr. Toles.

Posted by: bobbo2 | May 4, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

A banner day. I agree with Mr. Toles on something. If I hadn't known I would have thought that the structure had collapsed. With that giant ferris wheel the skyline of London is starting to look like an abandoned amusement park. As far as art, the British have as much trouble with that as they have with their cuisine.

Posted by: bobbo2 | May 4, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand the Ahmadinejad cartoon.

What's your point?

Posted by: Hello_earth | May 4, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I agree, Tom. Its hideous. Another thing for the English to be embarrased about.

-And I LOVED yesterday's Greece the squeaky wheel, that was very funny!

Posted by: johncschwartz | May 4, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Well, I think maybe ArcelorMittal and Paramount cut a deal for a new piece of scenery for the next Star Trek movie - maybe a Klingon cloaking device generator.

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Posted by: ttyetrutyhdytriytuey | May 4, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Mayor Johnson is indeed boggled by this inanity, or insanity. No doubt it will be adored by the aesthetes of the world.

Posted by: Geezer4 | May 4, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Ahmadinejad is not to be trusted....
The so called sculpture is ugly...send it to the above mentioned as a 'gift'.

Posted by: bertzel | May 4, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Every time Iran says they do not want nuclear weapons, the USA should ask two questions: (1) "Can you put that in writing?" and (2) "Can we hire some inspectors to be sure you do not lie?"

Sounds like a deal to me.

Or do we want a fuss?

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Posted by: hejiheji0011 | May 4, 2010 2:46 AM | Report abuse

I find Tole's depiction of Ahmadinejad as a terrorist quite tasteless. Ahmadinejad is an odious character but a terrorist he is not.

Posted by: aghazai | May 4, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

I saw the image of the ArcelorMittal Orbit a while back and was boggled by it. It's the conglomeration of the Olympic Rings (tm) that lends the structure it's ruined roller coaster air.


It reminds me of Tatlin's - never constructed - "Monument to the Third International" only without any of the grace or beauty.

Posted by: shadow27 | May 3, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Wow Tom sort of going all conservative today from the art critique, the national security concern and worried about debt too?

Posted by: taxcutsin12 | May 3, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

If the sculpture in London was a ride, that would be cool. It looks like a roller coaster minus the cars....

Posted by: CrackerBoy1 | May 3, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

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