"Glory hole" featured in new exhibit at St. Pete's Museum of Fine Arts

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Earlier this month, The Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St. Petersburg unveiled a new, “hands on” exhibit featuring six putting holes designed by area architects and artists occupying the green space north of the museum’s Hazel Hough Wing.

All of the putting holes are about 15 feet long, with quirky details and interesting challenges that also seem to circumvent many of the visual cliches associated with the down-sized version of golf, notes Tampa Bay Times art critic Lennie Bennett.

Taking in this miniARTure golf course this past weekend, I noticed that one of those quirky details has a double meaning with which museum officials may not be entirely comfortable.

Check out the putting hole designed by famed local glass artist Duncan McClellan. Not to be pervy, but it’s difficult not to notice that his design features a “glory hole” – a term which has interesting double meaning. You can look it up on Urban Dictionary for yourself here.

I’m sure McClellan and his team did not intend to evoke images of bathroom stalls and penises, but it’s hard not to snicker at the phrase “glory hole” when its put on prominent display.

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