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I kind of like it…

…but I can see the townspeople’s point.

It’s a statue of a púca (also pooka, phouka), a shapeshifting spook from Irish folklore. All the Celts had a variation. The little town of Ennistymon commissioned it to impress tourists.

Well, they commissioned something. This thing skeers them. They don’t want to live with it.

And then social media got involved, and social media likes it. Stay tuned.

Good weekend, everyone! We finally had a day without the central heat on – it’s going to be a good one!


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: May 28, 2021, 9:20 pm

I wouldn’t want it in my town either =:O

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: May 28, 2021, 9:25 pm

Encyclopedia Definition Of Pooka

Comment from OldFert
Time: May 28, 2021, 9:37 pm

Ol’ púca is strutting like a cartoon character. Or Jackie Gleason (and awaaaay we go!).

Comment from dissent555
Time: May 28, 2021, 10:15 pm

Somebody’s just horsin’ around

Comment from dissent555
Time: May 28, 2021, 10:18 pm

btw, it’s been in the middle 40’s and raining here in the upper Midwest.

Middle. Forties.

Danged global warming aint good fer nothin’

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 28, 2021, 11:40 pm

The sculptor evidently was inspired toward the end of a ten day peyote binge by his hallucinations of Eleanor Roosevelt and Rocinante.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: May 29, 2021, 12:25 am

Ya dosey ninnyhammers, there’s alriddy a perfectly good picture of a pooka named Harvey painted with Jimmy Stewart.

Comment from blake
Time: May 29, 2021, 12:27 am

durnedyankee beat me to it.

I know artists tend to flatter their customers but beyond the pale.

Comment from blake
Time: May 29, 2021, 12:27 am

Wait…am I crazy or does that look like something out of the “Fiend Folio”?

Comment from thefritz
Time: May 29, 2021, 12:55 am


Just did my annual relocation from south FLA to God’s Country in northern MI.
Holy crap…it was 38 last night and we might see a near freezing mark before the sun comes up. This heat and humidity boy is sleeping under every blanket this old cottage has…hope it kills all the mosquitos. (BTW, love the horse.) Looks like it was created by the same artist who sculpted the famine ship in Westport…https://tinyurl.com/3fymc8ea

Comment from mushdogs
Time: May 29, 2021, 1:18 am

Geez. Everyone knows a pooka is a tall white rabbit named Harvey. What were they thinking?

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: May 29, 2021, 10:37 am

The artist needs someone to hold out a soft white hand and say;
“Poor thing. Poor, poor thing.”

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: May 30, 2021, 4:29 pm

Is it ok to say I admire the artist’s skill enormously, and I dislike this particular example?

Comment from BJM
Time: May 31, 2021, 3:25 am

Nope, no way I could live with that either.

Last year when we did our Roman-style shower (no glass doors) we looked at a zillion slabs of marble & granite. When some of them were bookmatched demons, aliens, skeletons, and all manner of creepy creatures and gateways to Hell emerged.

No. Just no.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: May 31, 2021, 1:11 pm

Marble inkblots?
Yes, I can see why NO.

Comment from Pupster
Time: May 31, 2021, 1:39 pm

Can’t do this with a badger.


(Imgur video)

Comment from Anonymous
Time: May 31, 2021, 4:43 pm

One of the things about “modern” ( Jesus, it’s been around since 1917 when Duchamp signed “R Mutt” on a urinal and called it art – aren’t we due for something new and better?) art is the conscious and willful avoidance of beauty.

This ties into the popular self-perception of artists as impudent twat who must -must- tweak the noses of the bourgeoisie.

The artist here knew perfectly well that this piece did not fit his commission – the town wanted something a bit cute and Irish, and a giant rabbit would not have gone amiss- but nooo. He must must prove his intellectual superiority over the Yobs and particularly the American Yobs who are coming as tourists. Well, there will be very few tourists posing for pictures with this piece to form a happy memory of a quaint Irish village. Fail.

What makes it particularly annoying is that the artist is clearly very skilled and talented. In the right context this is an impressive piece. He could have easily done what was wanted. If he felt that that a Kinkaid fluff piece was beneath his dignity or not stylistically his cup of tea, he should have declined the commission.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: May 31, 2021, 7:34 pm

More to the point, pookas probably do better physiology than this demonstration depicts.

Dark “SLEEK” HORSE. Not badly formed clay human with horse head created by a zombie witchdoctor.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 1, 2021, 7:42 pm

Good heavens, Pups – is that a cleavage weasel?

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