my city is notorious for being one of the most boring cities on earth. it's one of the top 10 cities in the US by population, but was named "most forgettable" by 538: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/san-jose-is-the-most-forgettable-major-american-city/
recently they held an open contest for designing a centerpiece, like the knoxville sunsphere or the st louis arch. it would replace our previous centerpiece, an enormous street light that collapsed under its own weight over 100 years ago.
they received nearly a thousand submissions. some of them are truly amazing.
i'm not sure an enormous featureless blob is the right way to convey "this city is interesting!"
a personal favorite is the giant glow-in-the-dark gummi bear. i would totally bring people here all the time.
something about this caltrop speaks to me.
this is the closest to the idea of a "fernsehturm" or "space needle", i think. an obelisk that says "i exist because i can. if you see this, you're definitely here. nobody else would build this."
another personal favorite is the coyote bridge. so many big-name design firms submitted bland swooping concrete walkways that they all blur together, but this art student went "what if it was a bridge but it had lots of animal motifs and looked COOL?"
i... i'm not sure this means what you think it means.
or maybe it does, you kinky bastard.
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