"These are substantial, well-crafted works of art," says curator Carrie Lederer. "On top of that, they roll, swim, slice and dice—you name it." The stars of America's only fully amphibious art exhibit include Crawdude, a 15-foot crawfish with quick-snapping claws, a cubist three-wheeler called The Sub Humans, and Yellow Submarine, a 750-pound rolling septic tank that unlike, say, Rodin's The Thinker, features sirens and a giant squirt gun.
Turmoil in Japan
Say It Ain't Oh
Many managers have been shoved overboard for their players' failings, but few have taken the plunge that may await Sadaharu Oh, baseball's international home run king and—for now—manager of the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks in Japan's Pacific League. With three Hawks embroiled in a sign-stealing scandal, Oh, a national hero, could be slapped with a lifetime ban from the sport he helped popularize in Japan.
Oh's players are accused of stealing opposing catchers' signs through clubhouse televisions and relaying the info to Hawks hitters via a co-conspirator in the stands, who would signal the type of pitch that was coming by the way he held a megaphone. Japanese officials usually turn a blind eye to sign-swiping when it's done from the diamond or the dugout. Off-the-field assistance, however, violates Japan's ancient bushido code, which forbade samurai warriors to carry concealed weapons. The spirit of bushido lives on in Japanese sports in a ban on some of the sneakier forms of cheating.
All three accused Hawks have denied stealing signs but are being investigated by team and league officials. Any player found guilty of such chicanery faces a possible lifetime suspension—as does his manager, whether or not he was in on the trickery. "I have no knowledge of this taking place," says Oh, "but I realize I could be purged from baseball. It is my responsibility to prevent such things from occurring."
A lifetime ban may seem extreme, but Japanese front-office types sometimes literally live and die by their baseball reputations. Last month, for example, Katsutoshi Miwata, the chief scout for the Orix Blue Wave of the Pacific League, jumped to his death from an 11-story building after failing to sign his top draft pick.
Says Oh of his possible banishment, "I am ready to face the consequences."