I appreciate the ridiculous in life. The less sense something makes, the weirder it is, the sillier, the more I’m enamored by it. An under-appreciated type of art in this regard are fountains. Sure, a lot of normal looking fountains exist but a lot of weird ones do too, and strange-looking fountains can be very odd. As a new ongoing feature to this blog, I’m going to be posting some of my favorite fountains [edit: and statues] I’ve seen.
It seems like there might be no better place to start than in Los Angeles, specifically Hollywood, where some of the weirdest stuff ever has come out of:
There is no way this was created to make sense. First, we have a bull (I think) jumping through the air…or so it would seem. The bull is actually riding on four miniature dolphins over the water. Then there is a child foolishly riding the bull backwards, which is quirky enough, but he also has a cherub grabbing his neck from behind. Curiously, the cherub appears to be holding the boy, making me think that maybe the child isn’t really riding the bull backwards. He’s facing forward and the bull is supposed to be riding the dolphins (who are going backwards, too) in reverse! It’s all making my head explode thinking about it, which is why I love this fountain.