There’s a bridge/freeway that I used to take on the the way back to my hometown in North Jersey. It’s called The Pulaski Skyway–a monstrosity that stretches over 3 miles. It’s been partly closed for rehabilitation, a $1 billion project to make this landmark structure a bit less treacherous. I bring it up because every time I see this thing, because really, “thing” is the best word for it, I can’t help but lament over the fact that 1 billion dollars later, it’s going to be as much of an eyesore as it was before. I understand and appreciate that bridge building is serious business, but my twisted sense of aesthetic is secretly hopeful that this homely stretch of steel and pavement will emerge a little more…shall we say, flamboyant, proud? I imagine it reopening decked out in clear lucite rods, making it instantly glamorous but not pretty or girly. If anything, the coupling of acrylic, lucite’s frequent alias, with steel and cement would give it a more masculine slant. A bridge cast in lucite? With it’s trademark thick cut and classic clarity, a glimpse of lucite roadways gleaming in the sunlight would be the kind of mixed media experience that would throw me in a spiritual sort of way.
For now, until I come across such an impossibility, I’ll just revel in the beauty of lucite in its traditional place with high end home decor and fashionable women’s accessories. I’m particularly obsessed with the lot below, but if you didn’t guess already, the reclaimed wood table with lucite base is my favorite, followed closely by the mesmerizing collectible Norman Mercer sculptures. And who but Jonathan Adler would dream up such a bulbous and delightful $800 hippo?
Yes, (nearly) $800 for the hippo. Lucite is made largely from petroleum so its price is tied to the rising price of oil and with that, it is just not easy to obtain its classic clarity. Even a small piece of acrylic hand craftsmanship will cost you. Yet another reason why I may never see my shining bridge come to fruition. Perhaps in Dubai, where it seems they are breaking all the rules aesthetically, I will catch a glimpse of it. Oh that bridge. It haunts me. It persists like art does until it finds an outlet and becomes real in the world. And maybe that’s why I feel compelled to end with simply this…never say never.
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The artist responsible for the colorful pyramid sculptures (number 6, above), Norman Mercer, worked into his 90’s. His works sold for as much as $100K per sculpture. There he is pictured above in his workshop where he worked with his assistant on pieces that took anywhere from 1 to 3 months to complete. (Photo via topacrylicdesigners.wordpress.com)