Dear Arts Community, My Friend Nash is Being Bullied

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One Bad Dude

Dear Friends of the Arts,

I know we don't chat too often, but I'd like to change that. See, there's this bully in town and he's been pestering my friend. It didn't start out this way -- I guess it never does. Initially I thought MT and Nash would get along; they shared a love of the arts and the desire to make it accessible to the community. But then MT hit a growth spurt and got a little to big for its britches. 21 stories too big, if you ask me.

Also, it did that thing that folks do when they get a lot of money: it got all... flashy. First, it used its size to ruin Turrell, who had always been a stand-up guy. People went to him when they felt a little lost, a little out of sorts, and he had that rare ability to calm them. It's a quality you don't encounter all that often and one that I admire greatly. Now, he's gone.

Picasso got sick of the swagger, knowing that if he kept kicking it with Nash and had to face MT's wrathful glare every day, he'd wind up in an early grave. Nash then tried reasoning with his oppressor; he suggested that MT turn his life around. The plea fell on deaf ears. Nash took his issue to an adult: the principal down at City Hall. No help there, either. Telling the bullied and the powerful to work it out between themselves has never solved anything; it only aggravates a situation.

Since Nash is running out of options and using its lunch money for protection from MT, isn't it time we got involved? I'm tired of losing friends over this bravado, this power play. There should be a little rebellion on our part. A time to come together and tell MT exactly what we will not stand for.

How about a tan-in? Think "sit-in" facing the tower. Just a couple hundred concerned friends in beach attire allowing their skin to pigment at a hyper-accelerated rate for one afternoon in the Nasher's sculpture garden. If MT says it's no big deal -- that art can take it -- what will it say to 200 sunburns caused by its reflective glare? If left up to MT and his burly buddies this situation will never reach an acceptable resolution, so I think we as a community need to stand up for our friends. Our art.

You know the best way to stop a bully, right? Kick 'em right in the sweet spot: his public reputation.


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Barbara Blanton
Barbara Blanton

I was at the Nasher today.  It is so beautiful inside and out.  The sculpture and garden is breath-taking to be sure.  It is a magical oasis in the midst of  chaos.  Too bad the MT had to be build so close at all to say nothing of the havoc they are creating in and around the Nasher.  

I hope they can come to an agreement that will protect this gem.  As it is, I hate seeing the MT from the garden.  Perhaps they should move the line of people sculptures around so you don't have to see the MT directly behind them.   It really takes away from the experience of experiencing them.

db
db

i love the Nasher - i go there at least once a week - dallas is crazy for all the wrong kinds of development.  roads, roads, roads, everywhere - bike lanes, parks, food carts - bad, bad, bad - building are good - the glitzier the better - don't worry about function or need - maybe a wakeup call would be for the Nasher to take their beautiful toys and go home and let the weeds grow - like the developers do with their vacant lots.

trannyntraining
trannyntraining

DPD, released info on the perp, they believe, who is causing the blinding glare at the tower. He's a black male, 18-22 yrs of age, a gold tooth, driving what appears to be a Chrysler or Chevy Impala....also, the car may have spinners. Be vigilant, my brothers and sisters!

Brad Mason
Brad Mason

Is not our city brilliant....City owned Hotel with a glass sheathing where you can see the tan lines on the guests and a gleaming tower owned by the city's finest DPD and DFD where those tan lines are created.  Dallas, Texas where your city council is looking out.

Neff Conner
Neff Conner

A sit-in is a great idea. Except each participant should bring a hand-held mirror and hold it so the reflected sunlight shines back at the Museum Tower. :-) #TeamNasher

mark zero (Jason)
mark zero (Jason)

Sounds like a great idea for an exhibit, and an opportunity for some local solar installation company to show off its expertise by making a heliostat. And if the tower keeps bursting into flame as a result, just call it a training platform for the next generation of firefighters who will have their pensions spent on projects like this.

Jamie L.
Jamie L.

 I like where this is going. Keep 'em coming.

Daily Reader
Daily Reader

 Think "sit-in" facing the tower. Just a couple hundred concerned friends in beach attire...Great idea!  Isn't Dallas pretty high on the list of most obese cities?  Think about it, the tower will get a taste of what the residents could possibly see in the summer  months.  We could make good use of their "death rays".

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