The steel balls are supposed to represent the pile of rocks and debris found at the base of a mountain - something called a Talus Field. The nearest mountains to our city are four hours away and this "art" might just as well have been installed at our city's baseball stadium called Telus Field.
|A real talus field|
|The artist's conception|
What I discovered weeks later while in the north end of the city was that the reporter was doing a story on a baseball bat. Not an animal in the least. Over my left shoulder as I rode through a busy intersection, I was astounded to discover that our city fathers had paid good money to have installed the world's largest baseball bat. Surrounded by a busy intersection, the bat sits alone without any context - is it near the baseball stadium?
The bat does serve a purpose - albeit one that was never envisioned by city council. Many is a time you'll pass the baseball bat and see someone sitting with their bum on the knob, hugging the shaft while a friend swivels the bat around and around the base of the structure. An ear-splitting screech as the non lubricated parts grind against each other combines with hoots and hollers of the usually inebriated revellers who have disregarded the civic notice posted nearby: "THIS IS NOT AN AMUSEMENT RIDE. IT IS A PIECE OF ART AND SHOULD BE RESPECTED AS SUCH".
|Home for both pieces of "art"?|