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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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Walking on Logs

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"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."

Father & Son Fountain

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"Oh, you mean the NAMBLA statue?"

OfficeMax

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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."

Aurora Borealis - 520 Bridge

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

Family Watching TV

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

Angie's Umbrella

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

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."

The Faces at CenturyLink Field

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Why is he so surprised?

Seattle Tulip

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

Urban Garden

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

Benaroya Hall Gold Chandelier

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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."

Giant Paddle

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"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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Walking on Logs

"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."

Father & Son Fountain

"Oh, you mean the NAMBLA statue?"

OfficeMax

"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."

Aurora Borealis - 520 Bridge

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

Family Watching TV

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

Angie's Umbrella

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

Typewriter Eraser, Scale X

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

The Faces at CenturyLink Field

Why is he so surprised?

Seattle Tulip

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

Urban Garden

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

Benaroya Hall Gold Chandelier

" 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."

Giant Paddle

"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."