Goddess of Commerce Endgame

And my head I'd be scratchin' while my thoughts were busy hatchin'
posted Mar 23, 2010
THE TACOMIC - Goddess of Commerce Endgame (tacomic, goddess of commerce, statue, communist gardens, Mayor Strickland)
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Mayor Strickland wants to make Tacoma into the Commie Garden Das Capitol of the Pacific Northwest. Well excelsior! I say. And today, after being inspired by Amazon's worst garden sculptures, why not kill two birds (not necessarily crows) with one stone--give the ol' Goddess of Commerce a proper home? Write to your city councilperson today. Tell them the irony of Tacoma's homeless Goddess of Commerce statue must end. OR MAYBE THE ARTIST IS DOING THIS ON PURPOSE!?  Is this a post-post-modern critique about our city? Is this artist person making us look like a bunch of idiots in one of those performance art-pranks?  What if the Goddess ends up moving to Seattle?  To Fife? Ah ha ha ha ha ha!

Homeless Goddess of Commerce

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 3/23/2010 @ 12:22am
I think the artist's problem is she didn't ask for a $100,000 "donation fee" like the artist that donated the Murano's outdoor sculpture to the city. If you don't ask for a hefty "donation fee" you don't get any respect in this town. Surely we wouldn't want people to think that Pleshet was one of Tacoma's sister cities.

by NineInchNachos on 3/23/2010 @ 12:36am
How about somebody makes a tiny bronze murano dipper statue and donates it to one of those miniature buildings on her cafeteria tray? Isn't one of those buildings the SHIFT(tm) Award winning hotel murano?

by NEAL on 3/23/2010 @ 8:03am
Today's Feed Tacomic Easter Egg: face of the sculpture looks like Dennis Rodman.

by Jesse on 3/23/2010 @ 8:09am

by NineInchNachos on 3/23/2010 @ 8:31am
plenty of easter eggs in this one...

collect them all!

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 3/23/2010 @ 9:21am
I thought it looked like John Hathaway.

by Erik on 3/23/2010 @ 12:16pm
This is just so sad....

by NineInchNachos on 3/23/2010 @ 12:27pm
sad can be funny.

by NineInchNachos on 3/23/2010 @ 12:52pm
hey why not let the invisible hand of the free market decide where she goes? I'm tired of the nanny city/state telling people how to live their goddess of commerce donating lives.

by Mofo from the Hood on 3/23/2010 @ 1:43pm
Now the GOC has been immortalized in cartoon lore, the outstretched hand of the free market is waving it to South Korea so that it can be melted down and reshaped as a 2011 Kia Laissez-Faire Touring Coupe.

by NineInchNachos on 3/28/2010 @ 10:31pm
The fish, the soil are all poisoned thanks to commercial interests... no wonder the vaguely first-nations face of the goddess is so sad.

Even so, at least one person on twitter spotted the little mermaid castle on the tray.


by NineInchNachos on 4/5/2011 @ 11:35am


"The appraisal of the piece determined that the lack of artistic merit deemed the statue to be worth less than the value of the metal that went into it.

That is quite an achievement.

It is a truly awful statue: the execution is poor, the concept is culturally thick-headed at best (and perhaps even offensive), and the attempts to get the city to take it (and pay for it) were classic examples of old school Tacoma style politics trying to muscle a truly bad idea through the process with as little public input as possible.

The fact is that the artist decided that she was the one that should speak for all past and present Tacomans, that she should be the one to choose how to portray our history, and that the easiest path to getting it installed was to dump on some public property somewhere. Ask any person familiar with public art about the 'gifting problem.'

More power to its supporters getting it sited on private property. This is what the objective should have been all along. (By the way, the original goddess was on the Chamber of Commerce Building, which was also private property).

Posted by tom waits | Apr 5, 10:13 AM"

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 4/5/2011 @ 1:19pm
I hope no one from Portland sees our goddess. We get the GOC, Portland gets this:

by NineInchNachos on 4/5/2011 @ 1:23pm
yarn bomb it with a colorful burka

by cisserosmiley on 4/5/2011 @ 1:51pm
we should force the north end neighborhood council to house it on their turf...maybe next to the mason statue at the wheelock library. the combined installment could be called "the odd tacoma couple"

by Erik on 4/5/2011 @ 2:40pm
@Crenshaw: Ouch.

The Goddess of Commerce gains her status from being rejected so many times, from nearly every public institution transforming her into a cultish underground art symbol of valor.

by ixia on 4/5/2011 @ 3:52pm
Tom Waits: 'Ask any person familiar with public art about the 'gifting problem.'
That never hindered the city from putting up 'art' without any input from the arts commissioners or the public at all. Blaine Johnson gets away with placing his 'art' right next to municipal hall as well as placing some statue right at the corner of Market and St. Helens. The city built and engineered both sites for him, a private developer with zero arts background (as far as I can tell).
Seems Tacoma does not have a gifting problem, but a giver problem. Don�t try finding out what the rules are � arts administration told me there are no rules. In other words � they make the rules.

by Jesse on 4/5/2011 @ 6:35pm
@crenshaw: i like the godess and im from portland. Portlandia is the second biggest statue of its kind. Number one is statue of liberty.

by Erik on 4/5/2011 @ 9:38pm
@ixia: The Goddess of Commerce placement is like the Lenin statue in Fremont.

They will both be located in private land. The Tacoma Art Commission generally only has jurisdiction on public land.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 4/5/2011 @ 11:39pm
in portland you can put a bird on something and just call it art.

by ixia on 4/6/2011 @ 8:45am
I am fine with the goddess, especially on private land. I am not fine e with Blaine Johnson (or any other rich guy) getting to add art he wants on public land with public funds and public works engineering. The city should try to treat all equal and have some rules. Silly concept, I know.

by fredo on 4/6/2011 @ 9:03am
The Thinker..."I'm thinking!"
The Goddess..."I'm stinking!"

by Rick Jones on 4/6/2011 @ 2:40pm
@ ixia #1 - Do you have a problem with Ben Gilbert Park? Would you prefer its original improvement as a site for two giant trash compactors? Or maybe just leave it the way it was?


Johnson did convince the city to turn it into a park rather than a compactor site. The mural was paid for from private funds raised by the community that lives near the park. Installation was donated by the Dixon Co.

I think the park was a better alternative and naming it after Ben Gilbert - again Johnson's idea - a great one.

The statue you mentioned (a supposed representation of Sarah Bernhardt) was already installed where C Ct meets St Helens in a planter box. It was already the City's art, not Johnson's. It was simply replaced Not Johnson's art. Maybe you never got down to see it in its old site..

by oogabooga on 4/6/2011 @ 3:15pm
@ Rick Jones.

Point of fact, the statue that was formerly at C and St Helens and has been moved was purchased and installed by Blaine Johnson, and is not city art.

by ixia on 4/6/2011 @ 4:01pm
@ Rick. I am not in opposition to improvements. And yes, I have seen the old statue in its original space. That too was installed at Johnsons behest. What I am opposed to is the city playing favorites with certain people. We ought to have an arts ordinance with teeth that is implemented as such. All city business needs to be handled fairly be it water, police, baseball stadiums, power, gas, fire or art. Simply transparent fairness is all.

by Rick Jones on 4/7/2011 @ 7:55am
@oogabooga Blaine Johnson did raise the money for the purchase of the statue, gifted it to the city and then raised money for the planter box it sat in at C and St H. He was certainly instrumental but it is city art. We accepted it we own it. Not what happened with the GOC however which is why she has be in put on private property.

@ixia I'm in favor of fair treatment as well.

by Mofo from the Hood on 4/7/2011 @ 8:19am

One trashy cult object is better that two trash compactors.

by NineInchNachos on 9/8/2011 @ 8:38pm
some great Goddess p0rn via tacoma weekly

a whole gallery!

“She is powerful, she is here and she is part of us now”