Reception - How did our world receive this Monolith
To any visitor to the park the sculpture looked as it belonged.
Another stoic shape among the grasses of the prairie.
Maintenance for the grounds obviously were confused by its presence.
They not only mowed a walking path past it, they trimmed the
grasses up to it to allow people to view it as they did the
other installations in the park.
We had a feeling it probably wouldn't last for more than a week,
maybe two, before the tore it down. We were wrong.
With a plant inside the University we discovered that with the
pace of paper communication, memos were being passed back and
forth among the different departments responsible for the artwork
on the site. All trying to discover who's sculpture it was!
Was it a borrowed piece? Was it a student work? Who had installed
it? "What big black box??" It was excellent because nobody would
pull the trigger to take it down!
Sure, it was a bit amateurish, but it was a statement and SOMEONE
had put it there. You could almost hear them talking as they
stood next to it, "I'm not going to touch it because I don't
know who's it is..." It was perfect! You could almost hear
the turning of the screws.
Owing to confusion and bureaucracy within the University, the
Monolith stood for twelve and a half weeks! Each week we would
go back to see if it was still there. And it was! We were stunned!