So much public sculpture comes off as oversized and overblown – as plop art, with pretensions to grandeur and greatness.
Jim Harrison steps out of that tradition, but with contempt for its pretensions.
To the Pit-Bull lover, nothing says, “I am special” like his own pretensions to Pit-Bull love.
mid-15c., "assertion, allegation; objection; intention; signification," from Medieval Latin pretensionem (nominative praetensio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin praetendere "stretch in front, put forward, allege" (see pretend (v.)). Meaning "unproven claim" is from c.1600. Sense of "ostentation" is from 1727.