Walking the streets of downtown Cleveland today, I saw . . . painted electric guitars at various locations on the sidewalks, each with a theme that supposedly celebrates something about Cleveland. Get it? Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, electric guitars?
Gahhh! Hasn’t this whole concept been beaten to death, long ago? I’ve seen painted cows in Chicago, painted pigs in Cincinnati . . . and I’m sure that countless other boring, copycat cities have made their own unimaginative forays into public art, where some local iconic symbol gets painted in different ways by local artists, and we’re supposed to appreciate what it says about the city in question.
C’mon, Cleveland — you’re better than this! Why copy cities like Chicago and Cincinnati, for God’s sake? Have some self-respect, and buck the derivative trend! Recognize that Cleveland is a leader, not a follower. If you want to do some public art, come up with something original and unique, as befits Cleveland’s rich heritage as a trendsetter, not a camp follower.
In the meantime, can somebody do something with these silly painted electric guitars? They’re cluttering up the sidewalks.