Goddess of 9th and Commerce

Rejected Statue Designs PART 1
posted Nov 17, 2009
THE TACOMIC - Goddess of 9th and Commerce (tacoma, goddess, commerce, statue, rejection, failure)
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They don't like figurative art.

That was my initial thought when a cabal of city bureaucrats rejected my design for a reality-based, GODDESS OF COMMERCE replacement statue. As an artist I was insanely jealous to see my competitor move forward with her GODDESS OF COMMERCE design. Imagine my relief when I learned that her statue was ultimately rejected by the same city bureaucrats. Unfortunately, the gap between my tremendous quantity of statue rejection letters and her single statue rejection letter is so vast you'd need a third narrows bridge to cross that statue rejection letter gap.

My modern interpretation of the goddess stands with a 16 foot equator.   In one hand she lights up a cigarette while the other hand holds a cellular phone and a home pregnancy test.

Flowing from the uni-pocket of her seahawks hoodie are lotto tickets--a symbol of hope.

 At her hip is a baby stroller with sleeping child. In the stroller's cup holder is a giant cup of high fructose corn syrup.

It is unclear the relationship she has with the young man being placed in the back of one of the two Tacoma police interceptors near the backs of her flip-flops.

by NineInchNachos on 11/16/2009 @ 11:58pm
my design is not so original...

by fredo on 11/17/2009 @ 7:23am
Would be complete if she had some lip piercings and a RIP tattoo on her neck. Good drawing RR.

by morgan on 11/17/2009 @ 8:52am
Does the lighter really light up? I would vote for that.

by NineInchNachos on 11/17/2009 @ 9:14am
lighter can be rigged with an eternal flame. yes.

by LogJam on 11/18/2009 @ 9:26pm
Cast her in bronze immediately. What a concept. RRRules.

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/18/2009 @ 9:46pm
Owwwww... my sense of taste and decency!

by NineInchNachos on 3/17/2010 @ 1:40pm
thanks todd!

"As an outsider, Tacoma is not hungry for art. Puyallup is. You go to Puyallup and they have so many opportunities there for artists to demonstrate what they are capable of doing. Art is making the downtown area look fabulous. But here, there are roadblocks. Believe me. Tacoma, really and truly, is not gang busters on having any art. They put up too many obstacles and it's very discouraging for people who want to contribute something to the city."

"When you have a sculpture on top of a building, usually it's . . . in a setting and belongs there. This, and I don't want to sound crass, but it's sort of plunked on [the roof]. The building has a very linear roof. There's no setting for the sculpture. I have trouble with that as an historic facade. This shape and style of building does not lend itself for this type of installation."

by Mofo from the Hood on 3/17/2010 @ 3:27pm
The thing with that Tacomic is that it's too realistic. I ride the buses and anyone who rides the Portland Ave., McKinley Ave., and the Walmart Express to Spanaway to and from the Commerce St. Transit Center would recognize that the Tacomic proposal is not a composite goddess---Word from the Tacomic baby's father regarding all Commerce Goddesses, "Hit it, Hit it, Quit it."

by Erik on 3/17/2010 @ 3:28pm
(Cross post)

BTW, two of the most iconic successful statues in Washington State: the Lenin statue and the Fremont Troll would have never been approved by the Art Commission or the LPC.

by Altered Chords on 3/17/2010 @ 10:17pm
This is the funniest truest to life (tragic) Tacomic I have seen!

Can we send people like this back in time to Willendorf where they will be more apprciated?

by Erik on 8/18/2011 @ 1:44am
BREAKING: The underground 7' bronze statute Goddess of Commerce (the brainchild of Babe Lehrer) will be unveiled in the Triangle District (Tacoma, WA)/Tacoma Theater District Association Wednesday August 31, 2011 at 4:00 pm at 6th and St Helens half a block from Amocat Cafe!!! For more information see (Support Tacoma's Goddess of Commerce FB page)

by JohnIdstrom on 8/18/2011 @ 10:50am
I can't wait. Will there be Riunite and Ritz crackers at the Reception?

by NineInchNachos on 8/18/2011 @ 11:40am
yarn-bombers are knitting furiously