Art, in many localities, is given a budget by city hall. Artists are then commissioned to produce public art for public consumption. Public art springs up in parks, in downtown open spaces near city halls, by busy streets and intersections. The art is most often not controversial, but can sometimes raise eyebrows.
This modest sculpture, of kids climbing a rock feature, is close to shops by the business side of the Fountain Hills park. Over six foot high, the installation has been positioned in a flower bed,close enough to be noticed, but not so close that it can be tripped over. It is weathered and has the same coloring as the trees and shrubs around it and doesn’t call attention to itself .
The little boys in this sculpture are climbing a rock feature..The little girl cradles her baby sister below them and admires a flower, not paying the boys efforts much mind.
Boys and girls, for those who would wish otherwise, were never made the same.
We all love to climb, but we don’t all have to climb the same mountains, or be judged by our efforts to climb them.
Do women really want their men riding in the back seat of the family car?
Is caring for your little sister less important than climbing a few rocks?
There is some question whether this sculpture, as presented, could get public funding today, but people weren’t so sensitive in older times.
Without looking deeper, and making a mountain out of a molehill, this sculpture fits the kid’s ,I’ve been around,pretty close.
Boys climb and girls watch their baby sister’s, and, when they grow up, men watch their kids and women put on a business suit.
Men, and women, though, remain different even if they do the same things.