Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bernini + Kitsch = ???

This summer the UCLA Hammer Museum courtyard is showing Greg Lynn's Fountain, molded from kids' shark and whale toys. It's So. Cal.'s latest translation of Bernini's Trevi Fountain into a lowbrow idiom. Compare Hollywood's Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) and the Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters' Trevi Fountain.
L.A. might also be implicated in the Orlando Disneyworld/Epcot's Neptune Fountain (bottom), generally understood to be a cost-saving abbreviation of the Trevi. It places a version of Bernini's central figure among dolphins rather than sea horses. In another departure from the source, the architecture is painted Golden Girls peach.

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