Sunday, January 04, 2009

What's Uglier Than A Bob Stoops Hickey?


"The Kunsthaus Graz sits among the renaissance apartment buildings of the old city, contrasting them without threatening to destroy them -- hence its nickname, "The Friendly Alien." (Reprinted from an Official Austrian Tourist Guidebook)

You gotta be kidding...

This contemporary art museum was built in the Austrian city of Graz in 2003. The entire staff at Needtovent can't help but believe that the residents living nearby are constantly reminded of the Tagline for THE BLOB -- "It crawls... It creeps... It eats you alive!"


Clearly architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier have brought to the land of schnitzel, schnapps and strudel what director Irwin S. Yearworth, Jr. brought to rural Pennsylvania. Gott im Himmel -- are zoning laws verboten among Hitler's children?

(We wonder what Steve McQueen thinks...)

3 Comments:

At 9:46 PM, Anonymous Rodney Twelftree said...

I'm sorry, but no matter what, it still looks like a bad effort on Photoshop to me. :)

 
At 10:02 AM, Anonymous Robert A. Nowotny said...

Your skepticism is understandable. Having said this, let me assure you this building exists and, in all honesty, it is quite famous as well. If you Google "Kunsthaus Graz" you will find dozens of references with photos, etc. One of the best is...

http://www.arcspace.com/architects/cook/

...but there are plenty of others. Thanks for writing in and allowing me to clarify this for you as well as many other readers who probably share your initial reaction.

Robert A. Nowotny

 
At 2:42 PM, Anonymous mrn said...

i've always wunderd where the expression "...as useless as tits on a boar hog." comes from....albeit this one seems to be belly up....i wunder no more....mrn

 

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