Best Public Art: Short North Gothic mural

From the March 29, 2012 edition

One imagines that Grant Wood, whose own paintings were full of subtle ironies, would appreciate muralists Steve Galgas and Mike Altman’s variation on one of Wood’s most recognizable works, “American Gothic.” “Short North Gothic” has graced the northeast corner of High and Lincoln since June 2002. The man in the famous original was Wood’s dentist, Byron McKeeby. The woman, Wood’s sister Nan Graham Wood, is flipped on her head. In the local rendering, the two characters have traded places, and we’ve lost both pitchfork and its echo in the farmer’s shirt. But Nan’s loose curl? It’s still there.

Runners-up: CCAD Art sculpture, Magnolia Thunderpussy mural

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