Monday, January 16, 2012
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Took this back in December while waiting for my son to finish his admissions interview at a nearby school.
This is a big steel rusted sculpture on the campus of what used to be called Martin Luther King, Jr. High School. Chris Rock had a routine where he commented on the fact that anytime something is named after Martin Luther King, a man who stood for nonviolence, there's sure to be problems. This high school was a chronically troubled place and ceased to exist as a single high school a few years ago. In its place Mayor Bloomberg's gimmicky small schools project took over, meaning the "campus" now houses several different schools.
The whole campus has a drab, depressing feel to it. Although I can appreciate the sculpture as art, it has a heaviness and dreariness that seem inappropriate to a high school setting, where I would prefer a more optimistic, light, and welcoming atmosphere. The pictures of the campus posted in the wikipedia article do not convey the actual feel of the place when you are standing outside - or inside.
It can't help that this school, which still pulls kids from poorer neighborhoods around the city, is literally across the street from Laguardia, which is selective in its admissions, prestigious, and pulls kids from wealthier neighborhoods around the COUNTRY (Madonna's daughter goes there). The contrast is jarring.