LinkLuv: Sculpture crushed, China’s “big underpants”

A large fiberglass sculpture being shipped across the Atlantic by Continental Airlines was found in the Miami airport, utterly destroyed. The sculpture, Survival of Serena, was valued at $300,000 and took three years for artist Carole Feuerman to complete. Shipping artwork is just part of the business of art, and injury to a painting or sculpture is just part of the deal. However, museum officials in Miami voiced surprise at the complete ruination of this sculpture. I’ll be interested to see how this story ends, particularly how the work was so badly damaged and whether or not the big airline will admit any fault (they won’t, of course).


I’ve seen numerous photos of this new Chinese skyscraper, but haven’t mentioned it yet. The nationals have humorously nicknamed the China Central Television building “big underpants.” Let this be a warning to designers. The structure is really the most simple of forms; it’s only innovative because of the scale and structural challenge. But even out of this simple form, people are making simple (and banal) associations. I suppose I can see it, but when a person looks at the Sears Tower don’t they see it’s inspiration more easily, a pack of cigarettes? And I’ve never heard anyone refer to the Sears Tower as anything but the Sears Tower. Via China Hope Live


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

3 Responses to LinkLuv: Sculpture crushed, China’s “big underpants”

  1. Sarah says:

    I’ve found it nearly impossible to insure sculpture. No one wants to touch it.

  2. Sarah says:

    I have to admit that I feel angry at myself for not being as successful as Feuerman is. I’m just as talented, if not more so. She doesn’t look much older than me. So, what’s my deal?

  3. pNielsen says:

    It’s who you know, or a lot of it is anyway.

    Do you create non-liturgical sculptures? I think all of your work that I’ve seen is Biblical . . .

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