We know memory is convenient. We prefer to remember the happy and the good while repressing the horrible and the cruel. We also know there is one guarantee in this life you can always count on: There Will Always Be Bad Art. The current “Jumpers Sculptures” pocking the heart of New York City is but the latest example of cruelty in convenience masquerading as inspired artwork.
31 sculptures, based on the artist’s body, are appearing on rooftops all over Manhattan. Do New Yorkers remember 9/11 at all? Have we forgotten how people leapt to their deaths to escape the heat and the flames?
Who approved this atrocity of an abstraction of the worst terrorist act in the history of our nation and how soon can they be fired before the sculptures are removed from our blighted sight?
This self-aggrandizement posing as art is insulting and should be removed for the criminal semiotic they re-render in the hearts and subconscious minds of Americans everywhere.
AND PUT ON SOME PANTS!
Lest we forget the historical record of people falling from buildings in New York City, here are some wretched and graphic reminders of just what we lost on 9/11 — and why we must never allow the dead to be mocked with modern sculptures lingering from rooftops:
The first attempt at mocking the World Trade Center Jumpers was found several years ago in New York City in this sculpture of a woman landing on her head.
That monstrosity was quickly removed from public sight, but the image lingers — along with a resounding sourness of what was and what never should have been.
Art can influence and assuage — and even be tasteless and misguided — but True Art should never propagate hate or temper an outrage that must never be forgotten.
The hardest problem with the New York City Skyline Sculptures is not that they merely mock the World Trade Center Jumpers — the viciousness is that they invoke the worst of us by demeaning the human spirit in their insipid attempt to enlighten the world by bringing back the ignorant darkness.