February 26, 2014

About that hideous sculpture of Steve Jobs.

Reported at Business Insider (with lots of embedded tweets disparaging the thing), linked in this Metafilter discussion where finally somebody says:
I have full confidence that this single-source report translated from a Croatian website is completely accurate, and that this sculpture was personally selected by Jony Ive from 10,200 submissions into an art contest that was secretly held by Apple over the past several months without being mentioned in any discussion or report. It makes perfect sense for a sculpture of a man born in San Francisco to Syrian & American parents to prominently feature Cyrillic letters as the primary design motif. No skepticism regarding this story is warranted whatsoever. Congratulations on the fine journalism, every news outlet republishing this story!

19 comments:

David said...

It has a penis and a vulva. Slightly misplaced, but there they are.

Could you display this at Wellesley?

madAsHell said...

10,200 submissions into an art contest that was secretly held by Apple over the past several months

A secret contest with 10,200 submissions?

One must have a "willing suspension of disbelief".

Shawn Levasseur said...

The business and tech press are notoriously sloppy when it comes to reporting on Apple.

tim maguire said...

Non sequitor shoehorned in:

Speaking of hard to believe stories, would you pay $8,500 for a beard transplant? If you lived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, you might.

http://nypost.com/2014/02/25/hipster-wannabes-forking-over-thousands-for-facial-hair-transplants/

This piece from the Drudge Report seems good fodder for an Althouse post.

elkh1 said...

I thought that Martin Luther King Jr. sculpture, a Mao look alike from China was hideous. Things or hoaxes can get much worse.

Smilin' Jack said...

...this sculpture was personally selected by Jony Ive from 10,200 submissions into an art contest...

Having seen iOS 7, I think that is totally plausible.

Sam L. said...

I'm guessing he modified this from Ceaucescue, or else it's PTSD from their uncivil war.

Robert Cook said...

Yoiks!

chrisnavin.com said...

It's like a postmodern reject casting for a remake of the Blob.

The Jobs.

EDH said...

Lately, all modern art reminds me of the Mad Magazine Star Trek transporter room parody, Star Blecch.

Carl said...

No skepticism regarding this story is warranted whatsoever.

One wonders what it would take to get the young bitheads to be about 5% as skeptical when the news reports that the President says Healthcare.gov will totally give you much better healthcare for less money, or the CEO of Google says he absolutely 100% promises none of your data will get loose, and by the way the Singularity is right around the corner, or even when someone says I don't think just getting rid of copyright and patent law and legalizing drugs is necessarily going to usher in the millenium.

They're the weirdestly unbalanced people ever. In a few narrowly focussed areas, deep skepticism, and in so many others, a credulity that would discredit a five-year-old.

The Crack Emcee said...

If they go with that, tthey couldn't have liked him as much as they let on,..

LordSomber said...

Atrocious. Even without the incongruous side projections, it has the all the aesthetic of a head on a pike.

EDH said...

And this was the genius behind the Apple aesthetic.

And they did this to him shortly after he's dead.

Makes me not want to die, even more than usual.

Mountain Maven said...

Art is dead. Died a long time ago.

a psychiatrist who learned from veterans said...

A novitiate in a seminary said of the representation of Christ on the cross after the lower legs on the metal sculpture fell of that it was 'kinda scary.' The head of the sculpture is perfect really and the man was really gaunt in the years before his death, It is as if he rises from death, the land of his fathers, with the Cyrillic letters, he was known for his interest in script or typography and, of course, the 1 and 0 of binary code. Rising from the dead to scare the Apple employees into something, maybe excellent product.

SOJO said...

It's not as bad as I thought it would be. I think most statues of the celebrity dead are atrocious. John Lennon statues, for example. Terrible. All of them. Someone immortalized in celluloid and pixels looks stupid in bronze.

This is like a head on a pike as @lordSomber said, which is more interesting in a feudal warlord kind of way.

SOJO said...

They could do a bipolar Steve hologram, a la Tupac, I suppose. Jobs fans could come and get berated/inspired.

SOJO said...

Or zen garden contemplative labyrinth type thing with an implied Steve state of mind as the central outcome as you walk to the center and back to the external.