The New York Times Arts section celebrated Independence Day with an ode to the Statue of Liberty by dance critic Alastair Macaulay.
Being a lyrical article (“I love spending time with the Classical statues in archaeological museums; my apartment is decorated with dance imagery from different cultures and centuries. Liberty connects.” References to Virginia Woolf and St. Augustine ensue), the photo editors must have wanted to create an equally lyrical visual effect.
So they decided to make three animated GIFs: set against the still statue, the bay water ripples under an orange sunset, trees quiver in the breeze, and a bird dashes across the sky. It sounds like a nice idea, but there is something unshakably silly about the effect: the statue and landscape stand awkwardly fixed against the plodding repetition of the world around them.
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