A steel monstrosity


Published Dec 9, 2012 at 04:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

I watched in anticipation as the foundation for something went in at the intersection of Southwest Highland Avenue and the bypass in Redmond. What sort of construction required a recently completed landscaping project to be torn up?

My question was answered a few weeks ago when the most atrocious monstrosity of brushed steel was placed on the pedestal. It has moving parts, too! And the moving parts had some sort of mysterious message on the paddles of the whirligig that can only be read if one walks around the thing when there is no wind. Standing still will allow three of four of the disconnected words to be seen, and when the wind blows they become a blur.

I know that one person’s junk is another person’s art, but this is beyond that — it is unexplainable, and unfitting for a small, conservative city like Redmond.

To add insult to this heap, it is outlined in white neon! This huge copy of an old Pontiac hood ornament is now a beacon for all who need directions as they enter Redmond: “Turn right at the neon outlined junk heap.”

I don’t know who commissioned this piece, who paid for its installation, or who will pay for the electricity to keep it lit, but I certainly hope none of my tax dollars are diverted to it.

Lee Tomlinson

Redmond