Easton Sidewalks: Surrealism on Goldsborough


While the Spy has just begun taking inventory of Easton’s outdoor sculpture and statues, we can say with great confidence that we have located the only surrealism sculpture on Goldsborough Street; at least so far.

For about two months now, a two-colored donkey, with a distraught child on its back, has taken up residence in downtown Easton to the delight and bewilderment of the neighborhood. Proudly running parallel with one of the primary roads coming into town, the donkey is also seen from the sidewalk contributing golden feces to the streetscape.

The Spy discovered that the artist’s title for the piece doesn’t really help make sense of it all. It is entitled Adesso è più normale, adesso è meglio, adesso è giusto (Now is more normal, now is better, now is right); so good luck with that.

But all this fun confusion is, of course, quite intentional on the part of the artist and, by extension, the sculpture owners. With each pedestrian crossing or motorist driving by, there is no quick resolution to what the viewer is looking at, providing just enough of a minor disruption in one’s day to be both humorous and provoking all at the same time.

But it is only after you the see Willy Verginer’s other work that one begins to see how brilliant the Italian artist’s art is, and how lucky we are to live in a town that has found a home for one of them.


Other examples of Willy Verginer’s work. 






Letters to Editor

  1. Erik Neil says

    The Golden Donkey droppings and crying child make me think everything is not alright.

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