Art and Architecture, Kitsch Fixes

Kitsch Fix #10: An Immovable Feast

Makings of a plaster-cast feast atop the former Whole Foods parking garage in Austin, TX

I kept an eye out for Thanksgiving-themed kitsch to share with you today, but was uninspired by the paltry selection of sequined turkeys I saw. Instead, I figure this array of plaster-cast foodstuffs is the next best thing. They were once a landmark for the flagship Whole Foods store in Austin, TX, but when Whole Foods changed locations these perishables and the garage they sit atop shifted ownership as well…

Whole Foods departed from the property years ago, but the rooster, his cheese wedge and the rest of the food-pyramid gang remain. It’s as though the new tenants consider them high-art sculptures or historic landmarks that must be preserved, and I don’t think this assessment is too far off. After all, Texas does not have the ancient buildings of an Italian city, so our equivalent of ruins may one day be florescent hamburger signs and Dr. Pepper factories…What do you think? Do you like the way the new tenants decided to preserve this part of Austin’s history? Would you do the same, or would you be tempted to alter the sculptures and make them your own somehow?

Don’t you love how the baguette and watermellon seem to be oozing down the side of the building – that’s your idea of tasty, right?

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