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25 March 2021

We had been admiring this Stonehenge-like setup for well over a year when it occurred to us it isn't a construction site at all but street sculpture. There's no plaque to indicate the title or artist but we suspect it's called "Untitled" by Anonymous.

Street Sculpture. Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm II R at 16mm (32mm equivalent), f7.1, 1/1600 second and ISO 200. Processed in Adobe Camera Raw.

Street sculpture is a new urban phenomenon. It should, like all movements, be properly called something else (like sidewalk sculpture). But, like street photography, it sounds better with "street" instead of "sidewalk." Nobody every heard of sidewalk photography.

You might suspect it's a construction site from the elements the sculptor used. Orange cones, saw horses with "PG&E" stenciled on them, they yellow tape, the yellow-painted corners, that big dent in the utility door.

That's just realism. No way anyone is every going to show up here and replace the utility door.

The question arises, though, what this permanent installation celebrates?

Without any accompanying documentation (or even a Web site), we are free to figure it out for ourselves.

We figure it's a monument to software development.

Software is always broken and always getting fixed (if not quite at the same pace) and always under construction. So the next time you grumble about some function in your software not behaving as expected, just visualize this Stonehenge to Software Development.

You'll feel better about the whole thing.

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