Posts Tagged ‘James Simon’

Manon Cleary’s Long History with the Patron Saint of Adams Morgan—Rats

When I began looking into the fracas that derailed a proposed public artwork that would've stood in the plaza at 18th Street and Columbia Road, an editor here suggested I pay particularly close attention to the rodent angle—some opponents of James Simon's Bicycle Musician sculpture took issue with its inclusion of a small bronze rat [...]

Manon Cleary: Bicycle Musician Artist’s Rats “Look Like Dinosaur Embryos with Tails”

For this week's print Washington City Paper, I wrote about a proposed piece of public artwork, Bicycle Musician, that would've stood in the plaza at the northeast corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road in Adams Morgan. The work by Pittsburgh artist James Simon was derailed by a letter-writing campaign last fall—at least partially because [...]

How Listserv Fury, and a Rat, Helped Adams Morgan Lose a $250,000 Arts Grant

Jumbo Price: Simon’s sculpture (shown in an artist’s rendering) was too costly for some of its neighbors.
Ultimately, the rat didn’t cost Adams Morgan its quarter-million-dollar bicyclist. But it didn’t help.
The proposed 12-foot-high clay, concrete, and plaster statue—portraying a goateed man straddling a bicycle, strumming a ukulele, and carrying a bag spilling over with fruit, athletic [...]