Laramie, Wyoming Real Estate: . . . in the Eye of the Beholder

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They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I suppose art is that way, too.  So it was with an open mind that I accompanied our children on a field trip to Laramie's latest installment of Sculpture, A Wyoming Invitational.  ( ) in June of 2008. 

Seriously?!  Was this a practical joke?  The artist, a man from New York state, took this work quite seriously.  He seemed annoyed by the children who didn't get the deeper meaning of it and could only see it as a giant earth worm.  Me, all I can say is "Bless their little hearts" as NOT one of them made a single reference as to what else this looks like!

"Over and Under"


I think the real title of this was "Over and Under".  Thankfully, there was a plan to take it down late the following summer and they did.  I always wondered what the people driving by on the interstate must have thought if they noticed it!

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Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Brenda, I've seen a lot of great art all around the world -- this one doesn't cut it.  I also won't say what it looks like to me. I'm really glad they took it down.

Mar 10, 2011 09:34 AM #1
Scott Larson
First Weber Hedeman Group - Monroe, WI

I not going to say what I thought it was when I first saw it. ART?

Mar 10, 2011 09:46 AM #2
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I recognise that, it's a Giant Quilted Barney Slug!

Mar 10, 2011 10:34 AM #3
Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming

Hi Gary!  Thank-you!  I thought maybe we just lacked the "sophistication" to appreciate it....but coming from a well-traveled person such as yourself I now know our instincts were right on!  :-)

Scott - Things like this are the reason that people are ready to take away the tax money from the humanities!

Hey Bob "Real Man"- You should get an A+ for keeping it clean... :-)

Mar 10, 2011 11:04 AM #4
Tim Bradley
Contour Investment Properties - Jackson Hole, WY
Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY

Man! That must have been one big dog! Is there a really large Mutt Mitt box somewhere to go with this?

Mar 10, 2011 11:26 AM #5
Wanda Thomas
Montana Homestead Brokers, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, RN - Billings, MT
Billings Montana Real Estate

Well, they do things big in Wyoming, all that vast open space. 

Mar 10, 2011 02:16 PM #6
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

That is very strange looking, Brenda. The children were, indeed, very polite about it.

Mar 11, 2011 12:09 AM #7
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hi Brenda,  I guess I must drive to fast on 80 to ever see this.  I am not sure about ART.

Mar 11, 2011 12:46 AM #8
Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming

Hi Tim!  Very funny!  This takes cleaning up after your pet to a whole new level....

Hi Wanda - Good One!  I needed you around was fumbling for the words to this post!

Toni - The children were way more gracious than he was, in my opinion! 

Hi Will -  You know what they say about "stopping to smell the roses" athough I'm not sure about they'd say about slowing down for this... ;-)

Mar 11, 2011 05:45 AM #9
Michael Delaware
North Sky Realty LLC - Battle Creek, MI


After looking at those photos, I do not see art.  I did feel like sniffing the air and checking my shoes though.  Perhaps that is what the artist was going for?


Mar 12, 2011 05:11 AM #10
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Brenda, Paul Bunyan and his big blue ox didn't happen to pass that way, did they?

Mar 12, 2011 08:09 AM #11
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Brenda, "Over and Under" what?  I've enjoyed the comments.  Maybe it made sense from the sky....


Mar 12, 2011 02:47 PM #12
Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming

Michael - Too funny!  What he was going for is anybody's guess....

Malcolm - That would be a perfect caption! You are all seriously funny!

Hi Gloria!  Well, the "thing" was built to look like it went under the ground and then re-emerged in another spot....  You know, I never thought about what it must have looked like from the sky!

Mar 12, 2011 03:35 PM #13
Cindy Lindgren
Cindy Lindgren, The Landlady - Ukiah, CA
Mendocino County Real Estate

Hi Brenda,

I agree with a lot of what the previous commenters have said.  There's been a lot of "art" made and sold that I find hard calling art. But then some of what we recognize and appreciate as art today, was thought of as "  ," fill in the blank, when it first came out... The artist had a vision that was lost on us at first.  I'm sure this "artist" had something he was going for.  I'm not sure this one will ever dawn on us.

Mar 17, 2011 10:41 AM #14
Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming

I have heard it said that art at its purist should elicit an emotional response.  Nobody said that that response has to be positive. So in that respect, I think he succeeded...

Mar 17, 2011 10:47 AM #15
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