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A shiny piece of "art," about 20 feet tall, was erected on Pikes Peak Avenue this week, titled "Pisces in Crises." It is in the Starr Kempf mode: a kinetic metal sculpture with hanging doodads, whatnots and who-knows-what, in the shape of fish, that move in the wind. We asked passersby what they think about it.

Ernest Swan
  • Ernest Swan

Ernest Swan
Downtown area Massage therapist
What do you think about the city's latest art display? It's a little tacky, I guess. I like the treatment of the pole. It makes it look like a ship's mast.

What is it saying? The crooked double fishes made into a dollar sign say that it's the end of the Piscean Age.

What should it cost? It's art. The value is subjective. I wouldn't pay anything for it. The city shouldn't have paid more than $1,500.

What artwork would best represent the personality of Colorado Springs? Actually, I think this kind of does. The Piscean Age is kaput, and this seems to be the home of the Religious Right, hence the fish. I'm a Christian, though, and I think it's kind of distasteful to use the fish symbol that way. I guess it represents the end of meaningless, empty, talking head proselytizing.

Christy Pollock
  • Christy Pollock

Christy Pollock
Hillside Applying for jobs right now
What do you think about the city's latest art display? It's interesting, but they seem to be trying to take the downtown out of downtown to make it more Big City and elaborate.

What is it saying? Someone has an obsession with fish.

What should it cost? I probably wouldn't buy it. The city should pay, maybe, $250.

What artwork would best represent the personality of Colorado Springs? A mural on the side of a building. A landscape with people doing what they do. That's what we're about.

Jack Winchester
  • Jack Winchester

Jack Winchester
Mountain Shadows Works in Human Resources for the city
What do you think about the city's latest art display? I think it's attractive and adds character to the corner.

What is it saying? I'd have to study it a bit to answer that. It's just something to appreciate.

What should it cost? I think it took a lot of work, and someone put a lot of thought into the design. I'm not all that knowledgeable about art, though.

What artwork would best represent the personality of Colorado Springs? Western art, or Southwestern art. Something that depicts the mountains and Western community.

Dede Wood
  • Dede Wood

Dede Wood
Woodland Park Housewife
What do you think about the city's latest art display? It's definitely interesting, but I can't say I either hate it or terribly like it -- unless it cost a billion dollars and my taxes had to pay for it.

What is it saying? I'm a Pisces, and those are fish, but I haven't the foggiest. It moves in the wind.

What should it cost? I wouldn't buy it myself, and our tax dollars shouldn't pay for it. Maybe $500.

What artwork would best represent the personality of Colorado Springs? I'd be happier with just a tree. Otherwise, something more conservative and less modern. by Bob Campbell

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