There’s an old saying: “No publicity is bad publicity. Just spell my name right.”
A corollary might be: “It doesn’t matter if you’re the ugliest building in Westport. Everyone knows you.”
Everyone — well, 24 readers, which is a ton for this contest — recognized last week’s Photo Challenge.
Ed Simek’s shot showed the sculpture that — for half a century or so — has sat on the side of what nearly everyone who has seen it calls “the ugliest building in Westport.” (Click here to see.)
And — because the location in the heart of Saugatuck, near the train station, by Exit 17, a few yards from I-95 — is so visible, at some point everyone sees it.
Readers described it in many ways: near the old Arrow restaurant, across from the now-closed Tarry Lodge, by the station, next to Luciano Park, even (most accurately) 21 Charles Street.
No one though said, “Hey, the building is beautiful!”
A few folks pointed out that the artwork’s creator — Harvey Weiss — is a noted sculptor.
A few also asked what would happen to the building if the Hamlet at Saugatuck project is approved.
The bad news: It’s not going anywhere.
The good news: It will be re-skinned.
Congratulations to Fred Cantor, John Richers, Elaine Marino, Bill Dohme, Lynn Untermeyer Miller, Kate Caputo Squyres, Vanessa Bradford, Scott Brodie, Ken Stamm, Peter Barlow, Lucy Kiermaier, Bobbie Herman, Kenny Gilbertie, Suzanne Warner Raboy, Alicia Kaye Kronick, Tom Feeley, John Lisee, Richard Hyman, Clay Yalof, Brooks Sumberg, Michael Calise, Amy Schneider, Sharon Paulsen and Howard Potter.
You sure know ugly when you see it.
This week’s Photo Challenge shows a handsome grandfather clock. If you know where in Westport you’d find it, click “Comments” below.