Cirque Du Ballet in Venice

Douglas Wood
Submitted by Douglas Wood October 19th, 2010
Certifikitsch WinnerClassique d Camembert

Confirming Venice, California as one of the funkiest places on the planet is this giant clown in a tutu (or conversely, a ballerina in a clown outfit) looming over the Renaissance Building at the corner of Main Street and Rose Ave.

Most residents of Venice hate this 34-foot-high sculpture by artist Jonathan Borofsky and I’ve heard that it’s considered misogynist, but you gotta admire it for transforming a boring CVS pharmacy into a kitsch landmark.

3 Responses to “Cirque Du Ballet in Venice”

  1. Allee Willis

    Allee Willis

    I cant even believe you put this up! I was blabbing on about this exact statue when I was in Madison last week and there was some public art someone got paid a fortune to do made out of PVC. I was using this Borofsky sculpture as an example of art in public places that made me PUKE. OMG! I cant tell you howmuch i HATE this thing, yet its perfect for AWMOK!! And I guess perfect for Santa Monica. Yay, I’m in the valley!

  2. Douglas Wood

    Douglas Wood

    You’re definitely not alone in your loathing this sculpture. In fact, the slightest mention of it consistently elicits a passionate response, almost the way the mention of OJ Simpson did after he got off in the first trial.

    Thanks for the Classique d’ Camembert!