Design Professor interviewed about monuments in the LA Times
Professor Javier Arbona was recently interviewed in the LA Times about the present and future meaning of public sculpture. In the December 13 op-ed “The most controversial thing about Gov. Pete Wilson’s statue is its dull irrelevance,” columnist Gustavo Arellano takes a look at the Wilson monument in San Diego and asks why it is, or isn’t, controversial.
According to Arbona, monuments “tell us more about the contemporary. In a sense, they help erase or forget things about the past and re-create something rather hazy that redraws what the future is about.” Eventually history is whitewashed and people expect permanence for their public monuments — “they’re heritage and therefore have to be respected. It’s very powerful.”
Read the full article here.