Burning Up: Tom Otterness Art Installation in San Jose

Burning Up: Tom Otterness Art Installation in San Jose

Tom Otterness’s ‘Another World’ Installation’ of bronze figures was written about here previously. The work has taken on a new incarnation as it seems the cast bronze figures are now too hot to handle from sitting in the sun and are now mostly surrounded by plastic white picket fences with taped on warning notices that you should “Please Use Caution. Artwork May Be Hot”. Surely, after so many public installations, the artist would have known better. I have to wonder… what is the true purpose of this work and how is it intended to involve the audience? How best to engage with this thermal disaster of public art?