By taking aim at the values and ethics of the foot soldiers and icons of the Reagan-Bush years, “Corporate Head” instantly became one of the most popular works of public art in Los Angeles. Though small in size, it raises large issues with its critique of the greed and the lack of moral direction that define corporate mentality. Allen depicts a businessman leaning over, bowing and burying his head into the physical and corporate structure symbolized by the building. Combined with Levine’s poem (which must be read by imitating the posture of the statue)(2), this portrait is also sympathetic to the individual, who is subjected to economic pressures in order to survive.
courtesy of Public Art in LA
This plaque containing the poem by Philip Levine can be seen in the above photograph of the art installation by Terry Allen. It is situated on the ground directly behind Corporate Head so that the reader must situate himself in the same position as Corporate Head in order to read it.
Nikon D3 DSLR, AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head, Nikon MC-20 remote cable, exposure: f/8.0, 1/20 sec., ISO 200, exposure index: -1.00, exposure program: aperture priority, focal length: 50 mm, White Balance: Auto, release mode: mirror lock up, capture date & time: 7/08/2012, 6:55 am.