The following is a response to a poem published in the March 8, 1993, issue of the University Record by retired physics technician Les Thurston. Perhaps it never occurred to Mr. Thurston to read the book on Daedalus that any docent would be happy to procure. It describes the artistic intelligence behind the creation of the sculpture, how it changes its form as the viewer moves around it; how it changes in texture in response to the weather. The idea of a fallen wing still so alive and conversant with its environment makes a poignant statement about human idealism and freedom within our self-imposed limitations, and the limitations within nature.
Mr. Thurstons cranky ranting and rusty prose is merely in the service of a bad and tasteless joke. He expects, correctly (unfortunately) that the philistines of this community will nod comfortably to his ornate suggestion that this distinctive piece is merely a pile of junk. I suppose it is too much to assume that someone affiliated with the University in Mr. Thurstons capacity would be able to defend an open-minded point of view that can appreciate works like the Ginnever. Perhaps he should stick to poking fun at scientific jargon and shopping with coupons.
All I can say in thanks to Thurston is that I felt moved to poetry myself ...
In Defense of Daedalus
Mr. Thurston must I say, it seems to Me
That you have gone a bit astray and up a
You belong behind your mellow columns
Where you can chant your rusty rant from
Spring to Fall.
The settings not been spoiled but Saved
Activated instead of just Paved
By that jumble of jagged metal and
Mr. Thurston Must I say, it seems to Me
If only more artists would work with such
If only the world were a constant art Fair
And it doesnt deny, but acknowledges
This Henge-like work you wish a Hex on.
You dont seem to care that it DOES have
Or what Sanford would say about freedom
Must we accept ANY presence as empirical
Or deny any artist the freedom to Act
What if for you a more distant Site
But your already up north and far to the
Mark E. Nielsen
museum technician, Museum of Art