Does the name Jean Shepherd sound familiar? He was the guy who wrote and narrated A Christmas Story, the classic movie about little Ralphie and his quest for a Red Ryder BB gun.
Anyway, when I was a kid growing up in New York, “Shep” had a nightly radio show on WOR. He would talk about many things and tell many tales, and one topic he would frequently return to was “slob art.” Loosely defined, slob art is any artwork–ranging from paintings to knickknacks to statues to entire buildings–that is repelling to some and yet compelling to others. A bold statement of either horror or beauty. And it’s all in the eye of the beholder. Think of the infamous leg lamp in A Christmas Story.
But now, ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Titanic of slob art–literally.