down on the corner

A couple weekends ago I took these photographs of an absurd, and possibly vaguely unsettling, sculpture installation I found down on the corner.

Barbaric trophy?  Conceptual art?  Social commentary on the plastic quality of conventional beauty? The Queen is dead, long live the Queen? Or just a way to annoy your sister by sticking her hairstyling doll head toy on top of the fire hydrant’s snow pole, down on the corner?

Write your own story, I guess.

(Note: For those unfamiliar with the concept, red and white striped snow poles are attached to fire hydrants so fire fighters can find them in the winter when they (the hydrants) are buried in snow drifts and snow piles.  This particular hydrant was buried in snow and ice almost to the top of its pole less than three months ago.)

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6 Responses to down on the corner

  1. Rick Santman says:

    Barbie Stark!

    Obviously one of the Mattel crowd has been sneaking around watching A Game of Thrones and wanted their own head on a pole. The fact that their nine year old sister is screaming mad only adds to the enjoyment

  2. Pam Bliss says:

    I hadn’t thought about “Game of Thrones”, but that almost certainly has something to do with it– you’ve got a head, more or less, you’ve got a pole, more or less, and the outcome is, as they say, a foregone conclusion.

  3. Wolfie says:

    I always thought the snow poles were there so that the snow plow wouldn’t smash into them when piling up the snow at the sides of the road, thus turning Main Street into an ice rink. Then again, there’s no reason both functions can’t be served…

  4. Pam Bliss says:

    That would work too. Let’s just say that snow poles mark the location of hydrants during snowy winters!

  5. Layla Lawlor says:

    Wow. That’s definitely not something you see every day!

    (Well, unless it’s on your regular walking route, in which case I guess you DO see it every day …)

  6. Pam Bliss says:

    It is on my regular walking route and I have seen that hydrant almost every day since Scooter was a pup, and that was well over 20 years ago. The head is new, but it’s still there three weeks after I took the photos. Her hair is only a little bit worse for wear. I think I’ll take the big camera and a good lens out and give her another photo shoot …

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