Hot Dog Phallic is what I'd name this new piece of public art in Mile High City. A Christmas Tree would look better, but gee. This is permanent stuff. Plus, the name the artist gave it is stupid. National Velvet? Really? If this was street art in NYC, would you say, "meet me by the National Velvet?" Denver, you've gone too far. Or maybe not. Maybe I need to stretch a bit.
Is the audience and the artist in the same universe, one critic might ask, pointing fingers at why public art is missing in San Francisco.
Update: Called "National Velvet by artist John McEnroe, the piece is near the I-25 pedestrian bridge in the highlands area of Denver and cost $53,000. Denver requires one percent of city money spent on construction projects over $100M going to art.