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On the 'Rrrun'

Original post made by Samuel James Moore, El Carmelo School, on Jul 9, 2006

I saw the piece of art called Rrrun near my dentist's office. It is on Alma, by the park. It is very cool and it is big. I like that it is half human, half car. People should go and see it. I like this artist's sculptures. I looked at her website at

Dictated by Sam, age 5.

Comments (11)

Posted by A wise man from Menlo Park
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 10, 2006 at 2:10 pm

If there's one thing I can't stand now about California Avenue -- and I used to love California Avenue -- it's that weird "sculpture" of the giant head with legs.

Calling it a sculpture is giving it far more dignity than it deserves. The thing is bizarre, meaningless and unpleasant. It intrudes, bringing its message of absurdity and just plain wackiness to what used to be an easy going street. Garbage. If it were legal to do so, I'd be first in line to volunteer to haul it off to the junkyard, which is where it belongs. I'd be embarassed if I lived or worked on that street.

In seeing that ridiculous looking car sculpture in Friday's Palo Alto Weekly, I suspected that I would finally learn who made that object on California Avenue, and I was right. God!

I'm not an artist and I know it. The woman who made these objects outght to take up another profession.

Posted by Frank Bravo
director of IT, Embarcadero Media and webmaster of Palo Alto Online
on Jul 10, 2006 at 2:29 pm

Frank Bravo is a registered user.

The Weekly had a story about the art on Friday, July 7. You can read the story here: Web Link

Posted by Concerned Resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 10, 2006 at 5:14 pm

People previously on the Arts Commission should not be paid for their art by the same Art Commission simply because it leads to a sense of improper behavior. Furthermore, when most people's reactions to the two pieces are so negative, it makes everybody wonder. As the article said, nobody wanted to pay $40K for it. Why should the city of Palo Alto pay for it at its discounted $18K price?

Given that it is now owned by the City, I suggest that it be sold on Ebay and that the funds be used for other art projects. I wonder how high the bid for this thing would go!

Two art work pieces by the same ex-Arts Commissioner artist is also extreme. I suggest that in the future the so called Arts Commission do a competition, not to scale models can be exhibited in some in-doors or out-doors public space and after discarding the most heavily opposed and most agreed upon hideous pieces they choose among the remaining ones.

I hope not to ever have to see more City funds go to this artist.

Posted by Bewildered
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 10, 2006 at 5:50 pm

I could not believe my eyes, I cried with joy, what an astonishingly marvelous gift from heaven, I no longer can see any other art work without it being diminished by this spirit awakening, earth shatering life transcending experience. I can now die in piece, I have seen it all.... NOT !!!

Only self-annointed artists and Art Con Missioners. That is what I really see. I suggest the artist take its rock bottom $18,000 worth of art sell it for $40,000 and pocket the difference and spare us the sight. Given that it was so, so, SOOOO CHEAP, he should not have any trouble finding lots of willing buyers!

Posted by Anonymous age:11
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 10, 2006 at 7:36 pm

You should put a big basin next to it so people can barf!!!!

Posted by Bella
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 10, 2006 at 7:58 pm

I think "Rrrun" is beautiful, whimsical and a very intersting piece of art. If you had read the article in the Weekly, you would realize that is it neither meaningless nor garbage, as "A wise man" (ha!) from Menlo Park claims it to be. Besides, if you had even an ounce of creativity or innovation in you, you'd be able to see that it is not meaningless garbage on your own. But since you seem to be severely lacking in both, you and those like you will never be able to appreciate a sculpture like "Rrrun" because the only art you will ever appreciate is that which can be immediately comprehended in comparison. How sad.

Posted by Jackie
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 11, 2006 at 8:20 am

I find myself wondering who is making these expensive decisions about the local art and often wish that there was a way for the public to vote on a particular piece of work that we are going to be subjected to in our daily commutes before it is paid for and installed. But this is the first time that an example of 'art' has moved me to comment. This sculpture is NOT art. I think it is hideous, ugly. I would not miss it if it was removed.

Posted by Palo Alto Resident
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jul 11, 2006 at 12:34 pm

I haven't seen the Rrrun sculpture. I do like the rag doll on California Street. But, I dislike the sculpture on Page Mill & El Camino Real at the new soccer field. (They took it down for a while, and I was relieved at the time -- erroneously thinking that it was being removed permanently.)

Posted by John
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 11, 2006 at 12:54 pm

Backfence Web Link has a picture of it on their home page right now.

Posted by John
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 11, 2006 at 12:56 pm

Ther's also a couple more in their Photo Gallery.
Web Link

Posted by Palo Alto Resident
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jul 11, 2006 at 1:34 pm

Okay, I just checked the Rrrun picture at the weblink that John posted. For what it's worth, I think it's fine.

...In general, I think we could use more sculpture, not less around here. (Personally, I wish we had more whimsically sculpted water fountains in our parks, as well.)

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