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Mapping Seattle's Most Loathed Public Art

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Ask a Seattleite what their favorite piece of public art around town is and they might go on for a few minutes. Ask a Seattleite what their least favorite piece of public art around town is and they might go on for hours... Perusing Reddit's Seattle subgroup last week, we noticed that the question "What's your most loathed piece of public art in town?," was posed. By the time the dust cleared, folks had laid waste to some of their most despised sculptures and artworks from Olympic Sculpture Park to the 520 Bridge. We mapped out some of the more popular, or least popular as it where, choices along with some choice quotes on why these works are so maligned. Agree with the choices? Disagree? Think we're missing something? Sound off in the comments...

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1. Walking on Logs

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Fauntleroy Way Southwest & Southwest Andover Street
Seattle, WA 98126

"Those f***ing little children statues on the right side when you're coming off the West Seattle Bridge into West Seattle. F*** those statues."

2. Father & Son Fountain

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Broad St.
Seattle, WA 98121

"Oh, you mean the NAMBLA statue?"

3. OfficeMax

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1135 North West Leary Way
Ballard, WA 98107
(206) 789-8839
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"After seeing that in Ballard my curiosity pushed me to the internet and that's when I found out that it was in fact art."

4. Aurora Borealis - 520 Bridge

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520 Bridge
Seattle, WA

"That's art? I always thought that was some unfortunate drainage thing or something."

5. Family Watching TV

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333 Dexter Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

"This looks like a bad photoshop attempt at replicating the dad's face onto everyone else's face."

6. Angie's Umbrella

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Lenora St & Western Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 684-7171
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"It's like a sculpture of a Cathy comic."

7. Typewriter Eraser, Scale X

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"I don't care who he is or what is in modern art collections. That thing is lame."

8. The Faces at CenturyLink Field

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800 Occidental Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 381-7500
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Why is he so surprised?

9. Seattle Tulip

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999 3rd Ave
Seattle, WA

"Seriously, who comes to Seattle and thinks 'Yep, needs a giant steel flower, but abstracted severely dated style, in turquoise and Pepto-Bismol pink!'"

10. Urban Garden

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690 Union St.
Seattle, WA 98101

"The garish colors, the lack of imagination... it's the WORST."

11. Benaroya Hall Gold Chandelier

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200 University St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 215-4800
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" It looks like giant glass sperm, which maybe is what he was going for I guess. It's still nothing I want to see when I'm going to the symphony."

12. Giant Paddle

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333 Elliott Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119

"The paddleball thing just unceremoniously materialized over the weekend in a parking lot near the F5 buildings on Elliott and makes no statement whatsoever, it's just a piece of poorly sculpted corporate decor."

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1. Walking on Logs

Fauntleroy Way Southwest & Southwest Andover Street, Seattle, WA 98126

"Those f***ing little children statues on the right side when you're coming off the West Seattle Bridge into West Seattle. F*** those statues."

Fauntleroy Way Southwest & Southwest Andover Street
Seattle, WA 98126

2. Father & Son Fountain

Broad St., Seattle, WA 98121

"Oh, you mean the NAMBLA statue?"

Broad St.
Seattle, WA 98121

3. OfficeMax

1135 North West Leary Way, Ballard, WA 98107

"After seeing that in Ballard my curiosity pushed me to the internet and that's when I found out that it was in fact art."

1135 North West Leary Way
Ballard, WA 98107

4. Aurora Borealis - 520 Bridge

520 Bridge, Seattle, WA

"That's art? I always thought that was some unfortunate drainage thing or something."

520 Bridge
Seattle, WA

5. Family Watching TV

333 Dexter Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109

"This looks like a bad photoshop attempt at replicating the dad's face onto everyone else's face."

333 Dexter Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

6. Angie's Umbrella

Lenora St & Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

"It's like a sculpture of a Cathy comic."

Lenora St & Western Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

7. Typewriter Eraser, Scale X

Seattle, WA 98121

"I don't care who he is or what is in modern art collections. That thing is lame."

8. The Faces at CenturyLink Field

800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

Why is he so surprised?

800 Occidental Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134

9. Seattle Tulip

999 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA

"Seriously, who comes to Seattle and thinks 'Yep, needs a giant steel flower, but abstracted severely dated style, in turquoise and Pepto-Bismol pink!'"

999 3rd Ave
Seattle, WA

10. Urban Garden

690 Union St., Seattle, WA 98101

"The garish colors, the lack of imagination... it's the WORST."

690 Union St.
Seattle, WA 98101

11. Benaroya Hall Gold Chandelier

200 University St, Seattle, WA 98101

" It looks like giant glass sperm, which maybe is what he was going for I guess. It's still nothing I want to see when I'm going to the symphony."

200 University St
Seattle, WA 98101

12. Giant Paddle

333 Elliott Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98119

"The paddleball thing just unceremoniously materialized over the weekend in a parking lot near the F5 buildings on Elliott and makes no statement whatsoever, it's just a piece of poorly sculpted corporate decor."

333 Elliott Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119