Art & the Human Form in Our Modern Streetscape

Released: June 25, 2009.

James Howard Kunstler takes a look at various types of public artwork on display in Troy NY, a small American city. Kunstler notes that many public murals in America attempt to put a human face in places where people are noticeably absent. He notices that 20th century commercial advertisements painted on building exteriors exhibit more skill than most 21st century “art.” He analyzes a painted steel, corporate sculpture that adorns the public face of glass box corporate building. He also discusses the role that formal statues play in adorning public squares.

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Photographs Discussed on this Episode

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Charlie Chaplin - Up Your Alley Troy, NY
“Charlie Chaplin”, Up Your Alley, Troy, NY

Marilyn Monroe - Up Your Alley Troy, NY
“Marilyn Monroe”, Up Your Alley, Troy NY.

20 th Century Commercial Ad, Troy NY
20th Century Commercial Ad, Troy NY

Corporate Art, Troy, NY
Corporate Art, Troy, NY

Vietnam Memorial, Troy, NY
Vietnam Memorial, Troy, NY