Bizarre hair sculpture should not be placed in MIT Student Center
I have been continuously mystified about what constitutes art in the eyes of those individuals who make judgments concerning what "art" should be displayed on the MIT campus and purchased using MIT funds. The latest project, that of the hair sculpture by Mags Harries, is destined to grace the atrium of the Stratton Student Center, and has done nothing to modify my poor opinion of the artistic judgment of those people responsible for campus art.
The notion of a gargantuan hair ball hanging in the atrium next to the Lobdell dining room will certainly be the last straw for many trying to avoid perpetual digestive upset. The artist, in a recent Tech Talk article, says she "is creating a work for MIT [and] will avoid something logical or easily rationalized." This statement is certainly at odds with the goal of MIT which is to describe phenomena in a rational and logical manner. The artist then claims that she wants "to touch on more primal emotions." The only primal emotion elicited from me is disgust and possibly a touch of nausea.
Finally, I normally associate hair balls with the things that my pet cat regurgitates in the spring season due to shedding of her winter coat. However, I toss these hair balls into the trash, and in no way do I feel compelled to hang them from the ceiling. Harries' hairy sculpture is bizarre and unworthy of the Student Center atrium and the reportedly tens of thousands of dollars appropriated for its construction. In its present form, the project should be canceled or at least modified such that a different artistic medium is employed.
Norman Wereley G->