Friday, January 16, 2009

I Still Hate Nail's Tails

Doug Moe of the Wisconsin State Journal wrote a column the other day about Donald Lipski, the sculptor who created the hideous obelisk outside Camp Randall Stadium called "Nail's Tails." Lipski apparently created another ugly monstrosity for the spring training home of the Indians and Reds.

Why do people keep commissioning him to do more art? It's mind boggling. He even created a bouquet of bathtubs for a museum in Houston. Not surprisingly, that also was poorly received.

I know many people within the UW athletic department that detest Nail's Tails (all will remain anonymous). I remember at the press conference for its unveiling a few years ago, and the look on the faces of the senior staff was that of embarrassment rather than pride. Many bystanders were simply incredulous of this phallic statue that cost $200,000 (state law that it had to be bought).

I'm still hoping that some drunk college students (either from UW or a rival Big Ten school) try to steal it. I doubt anyone would put up a fight.

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