The mayor of Vancouver is not a fan of a seven-foot-tall poodle statue in the city's Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, which was partly paid for by the city.
The poodle, which sits on a 25-foot pole at Main Street and 18th Avenue, was installed in January by Vancouver's public art program. The poodle is part of an overall project that cost $97,600, covered by the city, federal government and TransLink, reported The Vancouver Sun.
The artwork, by Montreal artist Gisele Amantea, has elicited mixed reactions. This week, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson weighed in on Twitter, saying, "Definitely not a fan of the Main St. poodle but public art is important and at times provocative!"
While Main Street is known for being home to funky stores and hipsters, some people question the cost and even the meaning of the statue.
Varouj Gumuchian tweeted: "Meaningless icon. The installation rising on Main St has been a surprise and a disappointment."
The poodle is part of a series of works, collectively called "Memento," which includes a bus wrapped in the image of a knit cozy of a pink poodle. The doggy is "expressive of the general surroundings of the street. The poodle is not associated with a particular culture, and can therefore be enjoyed by a wide range of people along the street and in the surrounding neighbourhoods," says the artist's statement.
The poodle is "intended as a curiosity," it adds.
Someone has set up a Twitter account for the doggy @MainStPoodle.
What do you think about the Main Street poodle? Add your comments below.
A seven-foot-high <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/02/05/main-street-poodle-vancouver-art_n_2624643.html?1360093930">poodle was installed</a> in January 2013 by Vancouver's public art program. It's elicited mixed reactions. "If nothing else the @mainstpoodle has sparked city wide debate. Does that therefore make it a good piece of public art? #vanpoli"
“@Archaeolemur: With taxes going up and gas at almost $1.30 here? I'm disgusted. There is a time and place and now is not it.” #mainstpoodle
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@MainStPoodle do you do any tricks? Like provide food or shelter for our city's homeless....
@chrisbreikss I'd say lets steal the $100K poodle from main st and sell on black market but we prob wouldn't even get $7500 #TEDwash it is!
hey peeps - go give some love to @MainStPoodle - a wonderful public art installation in Vancouver.
Main Street Poodle
Breezy up here today. Can't control my ears.
@MikeKlassen @MainStPoodle There is a reason history has dust bins. This poodle, the Parks Board majority, STIR, and Vision all need to go.
@MainStPoodle not a fan. Sorry
I didn't care about the Main St poodle until I found out @TransLink partially funded it. Now, I'm just pissed off. http://t.co/be5ZBNd1
@StopVision @mikeklassen @news1130radio @mainstpoodle this Poodle on a Stick is brutal. Just brutal.
@MainStPoodle Meaningless icon The installation rising on Main St has been a surprise and a disappointment. One wonders
Main Street Poodle
Need to curl up and have a nap. Fell off last time, though.
I hope I caught your good side @MainStPoodle. waynefougere http://t.co/TSBJ3rka
OK I'm biased, but I think this statue is really fun and cool. http://t.co/aOz74OX2 cc @MainStPoodle
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