Kay Rosen’s “Go Do Good”
If you thought Tony Tasset’s giant fiberglass eyeball was nothing more than an expensive roadside attraction in a time of austerity, then you must have been unpleasantly stoked by the unveiling of the Chicago Loop Alliance’s new public art extravaganza “GO DO GOOD,” Kay Rosen’s six-story mural above the Old Navy on State and Washington. The idea was to motivate people to carry out thousands of good deeds but the text was too designy, and people had trouble making out the words. To make things even worse, “GO DO GOOD” had the appearance of a state-sponsored marketing campaign—and people just don’t like to be preached at while shopping.
Best of Chicago 2011