I am normally the last person to find the wanton demolition of art amusing. But I just discovered that early this year, when a windstorm hit my alma mater, Whitman College, a falling tree broke this large metal sculpture by Ed Humpherys, known to generations of Whitties as “The Giant Paper Clip” (or some variation thereof):
The Paper Clip, in Happier Days
The Fallen Paper Clip. Alas!
To add insult to injury, I learned from the alumni magazine that the actual title of the Paper Clip was “Joined Together, Let No Man Split Asunder.” Whoops! It’s asunder now. (Apparently a tree doing so was unanticipated.)
And yes, they’re trying to join it together again. It’s central to a venerable campus tradition, so they kind of have to.