Saturday, 20 June 2020

Dogcatcher Statue


About statues there has been the general error that their existence as a monument is an invitation to reverence (Simon Schama). At the time of their erection that may have been the hope of the committee. The present attitude may be that 'here is a monument to failure, a not very noble failure'. This toppling of intent is more significant than the physical removal. Overheard in the Netflix documentary on Trial by Media about the subway shooter Goetz – on the way from the court, after losing,the D.A. is advised by a bystander: 'run for dogcatcher, prick'.

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