Arts pick: hope and adaptation

wading pool
Today’s arts pick is a study in hope and adaptation. The main focus is a familiar object, a provider of amusement and happiness that connotes idyllic summer days and blissful childhood memories. The subject’s color–a cool, refreshing blue–reinforces its mission by evoking the water that fills it and provides relief to wilted urban dwellers.

Sadly, the subject is a victim of circumstances beyond its control. Cruel and uncaring environmental forces have caused an inversion and drained the chamber of essential life force, rendering it useless.

A closer examination, however, reveals signs of rebirth. Though the subject can no longer provide respite on a large scale, the small pool of water collecting on its former underside demonstrates a valiant attempt to overcome the obstacles of its new position. Squirrels and pigeons can bathe where children once waded. The subject’s mission is not abandoned–no, it is merely refocused!

Wisely, the artist chose a resilient medium that reinforces the durability of the piece’s optimistic fortitude. This work is indeed a classic and will be with us for some time to come. The installation in its current form can be viewed in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia until nature causes yet another transformation.

4 responses to “Arts pick: hope and adaptation”

  1. Clair

    It’s a pool. And a pretty crappy one at that. I bet it doesn’t even have a slide built into it.

  2. Becky

    Good point, Clair. We as viewers cannot determine whether or not the pool had a slide in its unblemished state. If it did, that would further underscore the theme of adaptation.

  3. Penny

    I love your art entries and the accompaning commentaries. Helps me see beauty where I might otherwise just see garbage…

  4. Sassy J

    Ummm, isn’t this an installation piece that is in storage? Or is it a teleological discus celebrating an ancient cult’s venerating the celestial?