OOSI Sculpture

The Politician: A Toy

1996 / Billie Lawless / Cleveland

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The Politician: A Toy is not subtle about its statement. Meant to represent our dear beloved elected officials, the Toy is cartoonish, juvenile, and obnoxious. The wide mouth with sharp, cutting teeth opens and closes incrementally; the wheels turn day and night but don't take anything anywhere; and the eyes are two TV's displaying static. Sparkly, wavy strands of thinning hair pair well with the clownish polka dot bow tie. The massive Cedarwood handle on the front seems to shamelessly imply that the politicians can be lead by anyone with a big enough hand, and the broom that drags behind it conveniently sweeps up any messes left in its trail. In short: the politician is effectively all talk and no walk.

Michael R. White, the Mayor of Cleveland at the time of The Politician's creation, was famously opposed to its installation saying, "I've seen it, and I don't like it... " Which was good news for Lawless, because that meant it was working.

Location: Cleveland State University, Chester Ave. and E. 17th St. | Previous Location: Chester Ave. and E. 66th St.

County

: Cuyahoga

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Citation

: Billie Lawless, “The Politician: A Toy,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory, accessed June 26, 2017, http://oosi.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/801.

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Title

The Politician: A Toy

Description

The Politician: A Toy is not subtle about its statement. Meant to represent our dear beloved elected officials, the Toy is cartoonish, juvenile, and obnoxious. The wide mouth with sharp, cutting teeth opens and closes incrementally; the wheels turn day and night but don't take anything anywhere; and the eyes are two TV's displaying static. Sparkly, wavy strands of thinning hair pair well with the clownish polka dot bow tie. The massive Cedarwood handle on the front seems to shamelessly imply that the politicians can be lead by anyone with a big enough hand, and the broom that drags behind it conveniently sweeps up any messes left in its trail. In short: the politician is effectively all talk and no walk.

Michael R. White, the Mayor of Cleveland at the time of The Politician's creation, was famously opposed to its installation saying, "I've seen it, and I don't like it... " Which was good news for Lawless, because that meant it was working.

Creator

Date

1996

Sculpture Item Type Metadata

Location City

Location County

Location Previous

Chester Ave. and E. 66th St.

Location Site

Cleveland State University

Location Street

Chester Ave. and E. 17th St.

Creation Date

11/01/1996