Beyond the Monolith

Beyond the Monolith

Normally we here at Site Specific find sculptures of life-sized people that are made to be approachable to be repulsive; they imply a false cheeriness, like an obvious suggestion that you, as a visitor, should be having fun (why aren't you having fun?). Shark Girl breaks the mold by being deliberately transgressive. Who will sit with the lonely Shark Girl?

A fascinating account in Public Art Review about The Confluence Project, a $38 million dollar series of art installations commemorating the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition. Rather than celebrate from the duo's launching point in St. Louis, the project team chose to look backwards from the point where Merriwether and William reached the Pacific Ocean. That posed a problem though in that many of the key sites are currently on tribal land - and you can imagine that Native Americans have mixed feelings about the expedition.