it a Flower Pot or A Truck?
In a highly unusual move
the Town of Carrboro has asked a resident to remove her flowerpot
or run the risk of being fined $25 a day.
Having acquired a non-running
truck at a great price, and needing a place to unobtrusively store
it without using up her limited driveway space, a Carrboro resident
came up with an ingenius plan...Paint it pretty colors and call
it a flower pot! Ingenius, of course, until the neighbors saw it.
Immediately they recognized that there was something funny about
the flower pot on their neighbor's lawn. It appeared to be too...too
colorful.... too un-symetrically shaped...but most of all, just
too darn large to be a flower pot.
After many neighborhood
meetings held for the sole purposed of identifying the object in
the neighbors yard, someone came across a similar object in a Better
Trucks & Flower Pots magazine. Once they realized it was a truck,
identifying the brand and model was a cinch.
Armed with their proof
that this was a truck and not a flower pot, the neighbors clandestinely
set up a meeting with the Town of Carrboro to make their presention.
The Town of Carroboro concurred- That was NOT a flower pot in the
woman's yard, but a painted truck made to look like a flower pot!
Realizing that a $25
a day fine would be great addition to the Carrboro treasury if the
flowerpot/truck sits for 20 years, The Town of Carrboro came to
the painstaking realization that they must take a stance.
The notification of the
owner was routine, the reaction wasn't. In plain language, a can
of worms escaped. This opened up a huge discussion about what is
Art and what is scrap metal? Although we are staffed by some of
the best critics(art and everything else!)in the nationThe Carrboro
News itself has a hard time with that question, . "Half of
the crap they call Art around here looks like scrap metal, while
half of crap they call scrap metal looks like art!(See the Art
Corner Award)The Museum of Modern Art is full of worse art than
the flowerpot/truck!", exclaimed Francois Gurdeau(Meet
Our Staff), The Carrboro News' Art Critic.
The outcome is yet to
be determined as the Carrboro resident has vowed to appeal the decision
all the way to the US Supreme Court, but you can bet that neighborhoods
are scrambling as they try to determine which of their lawn ornaments
will be recognized by The Town of Carrboro as flower pots and which
of the questions raised by the Flower Pot Controversy
it a toilet or a flowerpot?
(Please note that is a normal size toilet that would fit
in your bathroom- we realize that it looks like it's as big
as the truck..ed)
it a truck or a flower pot?
The issue gets even
Is it yard art or a rusty old plow that's been sitting there
for a hundred years?
Is it Art or is it bottles on rusty steel bars