Friday, July 01, 2005
Litter It Is Loveliest
As someone who has never been able to wrap my brain around the proper usages of "who" and "whom," no matter how many dozens of times it has been explained to me, I have some sympathy for the many writers on the internet who fall into the it's-its conundrum.
Here's a word of advice. If you find yourself hopelessly confused on the issue, then just don't ever use an apostrophe with "its" ever again. If you mean "it is," then just write "it is" rather than "it's," which is the proper contraction. If you are using "its" as a possessive, as in "its beauty and its craftsmanship," it also doesn't have an apostrophe. There. Problem solved.
Still, it is amazing that the signage which has been displayed all over San Francisco's City Hall for the last month has the "it's" mistake on every last piece of glossy, expensively printed material. And nobody caught it. At the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services, which sponsored the art event, I asked if anybody had pointed out the boo-boo and was told no.
The signage was directing people to the top floor of City Hall where there was an art show that was put up in concert with the "World Environment Week" festivities at the beginning of June.
The exhibit featured sculptural art from a show in Hamburg, Germany where all the pieces were constructed from "recycled" materials.
Some of the pieces were quite beautiful.
Others were what I would call Tormented Teutonic.
A chair made out of used books was wonderful.
Possibly the most amusing piece was a deconstructed bathroom sitting on the floor surrounded by the Beaux Arts splendor of City Hall. It brought to mind all kinds of metaphors but I think I'll leave that one alone.
The show isn't (is not) going to be up much longer, so check it out soon.