j5 wrote:That's probably the best approach to take in general. Keeps the stress levels down.
LOL - yeah, this is supposed to be my "break from reality" activity! Usually I am in awe of what the artists do with the theme; each artist puts their own interpretation but (with a few outliers) one can look at the entries and the theme is obvious. This time - not a clue. I think everyone is putting too much energy into trying to identify the locale of their fictional landmark and not enough focus on the landmark itself. For example, if I'd never heard of the Space Needle and someone asked me where I thought it was, I would say Houston because of NASA and the space program. But the Space Needle IS the Seattle skyline - the egg/chicken thing.
So - off the top of my head I can think of 3 or 4 states that claim to have the biggest mosquitos in the country, but if there was a giant mosquito on the shores of a lake, with green corrugated fiberglass wings to shade the picnickers on the mosquito's back and stairs up the leg (with a landing at the knee) and the blood-sucker thing is a slide for the kids into the lake... if that landmark was built ANYWHERE, pretty soon the "Monster Mosquito" would become a landmark for wherever it was built. Or... there's a Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest every year in Luling, Texas. Where? Exactly! So the artist could take a lot of effort to identify Luling (a barbecue joint, a historic railroad station, a few oil derricks) and then put a landmark in the center, but then the design is about Luling - which limits its appeal and is not about the architecture of the landmark. But a diner or motel in the shape of a watermelon wedge with a high, steep roof (maybe a standing-seam metal roof painted red) and oval tinted "seed" windows and... hmmm, a pile of "seeds" as an outbuilding... central Texas folks would get it but it everyone would appreciate it.
Sorry - I am not an artist (I don't even consider myself creative) but I don't want to just whine "I expected more" without putting effort into defining what I hoped to see.
Still keeping an open mind though!