But as our columnist Kevin Leininger noted, Helmholtz “did not always enjoy the kind of acclaim its misfortune has inspired.” To some, that “twisted mass of tangled metal” does not look “all that different than before it was hit by a vehicle.”
Helmholtz was created by acclaimed sculptor Mark di Suvero, who Smith describes as a “natural risk-taker” whose work “has been anything but safe.” Rea Magnet sponsored the commissioning of the artwork as a tribute to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. Some think the large, red stainless steel piece is a fitting tribute to the city’s wire magnet past. But some simply don’t see the connection.
Whatever art is or isn’t, it should probably at least get a reaction and get people talking. By that standard, Helmholtz surely qualifies.