Monday, June 09, 2008

Madison erects giant phallic tower to pierce the cloud cover and ward off the storm gods

Madison Erects Giant Phallic Tower to Ward off Storm Gods
There are many ways to cope with the kind of storms we've been having in Madison. The good citizens of Madison (capably represented by the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department) finally resorted to primitive magic thinking, when they decided to pierce the clouds and erect a giant phallic tower filled with footballs aimed directly at the the stormy heart of the sky. This cutaway photo reveals the giant obelisk at the entrance of Camp Randall Stadium filled with its potent cargo. In an attempt to take the storm gods by surprise, the builders of the tower attempted to disguise it as a mere work of public art and thus harmless, but few observers were fooled. This was an act of hubris aimed at magically stealing the lightning of the storm gods and depriving them of their power. Unfortunately, it didn't work. It rained cats and dogs -- and maybe a few footballs.

2 comments:

Compassionate Badger said...

i always wondered what the real purpose of that tower was...thanks for enlightening me!

The Laundress said...

Husband and daughter have been discussing recent rain intensity using animal models (ie raining chipmunks, raining elephants)...

this is my son's FAVORITE piece of art. Whenever we drive by, he exclaims "Look! It is soooo beautiful!". Uh-huh.

So you are suggesting this sculpture is kind of a rain-attracting lightning rod for local weather?

My favorite local public sculpture was set afire and no longer exists. You remember that one? It was set at the corner of a southside park...

tl