Facing the art
I take umbrage at Dr. Wilson's diagnoses of our response as "acute inflammation followed by quiescence" ("Worlds Collide on Walls: Wall/Therapy"). Although I am no physician, I would be inclined to call the current status as "chronic indignation." We understand that continued public comment is useless since the works are generally on private walls over which the city claims to have no authority, and some in the art community seem to think this is a very fine addition to our city.
I am hardly alone in my complaints about "Resting Bears." I hear the subject raised by many others whenever the subject of art in Rochester comes up among our friends and acquaintances. The usual comment I get is "I drove by to see the 'Rats,' and I really think they are awful." This usually results in a further outbreak of "inflammation" which eventually subsides once again into chronic indignation.
Once again I suggest that having a painting thrust into your home with no opportunity to chose is far different from choosing the art for yourself regardless of the subject matter. My wife and I have spent over 49 years choosing the artwork that adorns our walls. "Resting Bears" is hardly something we would have chosen, yet it is what we rise to every morning and it is in our face whenever we look to the north from our apartment window.
The residents in the neighborhood who gather in the World Wide News parking lot to escape their un-air-conditioned apartments across the street also have no great love of the painting. Welcome to life in downtown Rochester!
Mary Anna Towler writes: "It's also too big a stretch to think that Zimmerman would have thought Trayvon was suspicious if Trayvon were white" ("The Zimmerman Verdict," Urban Journal). Excuse me? There are no white burglars in Ms. Towler's universe?
I can't decide which would be worse – that someone representing the Landmark Society would misspell the last name of the designer of Seneca Park, or that Rochester City Paper would make the error (HomeWork, July 10).
For future reference, please remember that the noted landscape architect and designer was Frederick Law Olmsted, not Olmstead. Even my e-mail program's spell-checker knows the difference!
RUTH E. THALER-CARTER
The Landmark Society, which produces the HomeWork content, responds: Our HomeWork column reader is correct regarding the spelling of noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Rochester's park system. This is a common mistake that Landmark Society staff frequently correct in others' work. This time we made the mistake ourselves! Thanks for staying on top of us!