The PNC Bank at 301 7th Street NW has a painted-on set of windows and bricks on the east side of the building. For some reason, this really pissed me off and made me want to take my money somewhere else. I suppose I should be a little more rational and think before doing something so rash but it really rubbed me the wrong way.
I suppose I should be delighted by this building mural as public art but this really got under my skin. It felt to me like a visual laugh track. Maybe I’m just an old-fashioned guy. I like my gin with tonic and my murals not to try to deceive me. The whole thing felt like the mural equivalent of sofa-sized art – a painting more of convenience than inspiration.
PNC Bank – here is your chance to redeem yourself and explain why you have fake-ass windows and fake-ass bricks painted on your building.
I’m not saying it’s not well done. The craftsmanship is high and I am sure it took someone a good bit of time and sweat to do. It just sticks in my craw. Maybe it’s just that Dr. Zaius would not approve and thus neither do I.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs