I’m a little out of touch having recently returned from law school. Although much has changed in my absence – mostly for the better – I’m inclined to comment upon one subtle development that irritates me on a nearly daily basis. First, to calibrate my opinion: I love the new sculptures on Percival Landing. I dislike the ‘Olympia Lowlife’ brand and attitude, as well as the resistance I incur attempting to walk past that hotdog window and Jakes.
I definitely love how Olympians actively formulate what happens in Olympia and look forward to a new isthmus landscape. But I really gotta ask, did y’all elect Saturday Night Live’s Jack Handy poet laureate while I was gone? It seems like the gibberish etched in the new Westbay Drive retaining wall and sidewalk is nothing more than a bunch of big developers’ graffiti. Did I mention I love well-placed, purposeful graffiti art? I’ve seen better work on a box car!
I have personally paid a small fortune for Olympia sidewalks and other permit fees in my life. I was told that if I even scratched my initials in the concrete, I would have to rip it out and re-pour it. So who gets to wax quasi-philosophical in concrete we have to see forever? Who? And what is portended by the debut here in Olympia of concrete-etched corporate “art” in the public thoroughfare? I hope street artists consider it a canvass.