Mayor Lenny Curry’s choice of “art” for a new public park is generating a large response on social media, not all of it adulation.
Some who obviously are not on the same high intellectual plane as the art lovers in City Haul think the additions to Lenny’s Lawn at the foot of Laura Street are costly, ugly and useless.
The 150-foot, stainless-steel sculpture that is supposed to spell “JAX” looks more like “Lex” or “Lerp” to a few Facebook fans. There is an effort to get signatures on a petition to stop the plan.
Others are playing with the image and adding in their own “suggestions” for Jax’s iconic structure such as this one that showed up on social media posts. (We will give credit to the one who made this if they let us know who they are.)
One reason for the confusion is that it will be written in cursive, which might as well be ancient Greek to young Americans. Some commenters already are demanding block letters.
Hey, folks. It’s art. Just be glad it isn’t a crucifix in a glass of urine, which is the current liberal standard for the highest form of art.
It will cost about $30 million to put it up and make changes to the landscape for yet another waterfront park where the local bum community no doubt will gather. That will replace the Jacksonville Landing, which cost taxpayers more than $15 million to tear down.
It is not clear whether the thugs and vandals will choose the new park or the $132 million Emerald Trail that is being built to allow residents the opportunity to stroll late at night through some of the areas of the city with the highest crime rates.
But the local politicians are on a tear to provide Jacksonville with more infrastructure and this is part of the plan.
One must admit it is sexier and a lot less expensive than the sewer pipes Jacksonville will be laying throughout the city at a cost of billions, needed or not.
One problem might arise if the cancel culture continues its winning ways and manages to force a change in the name of the city.
“Jax” then would have no meaning. Maybe it could be re-formed to spell “Len” for a few extra bucks.
We would ask Curry about this but he doesn’t consider Eye on Jacksonville to be worthy of his valuable time.
We can, however, scotch the rumor that Curry is negotiating with the city of Florence, Italy, for the statue of David by Michelangelo to go in Johnson Park.