Sunday, November 28, 2021

Yet Another Reason Why I Oppose "Public Art"

If you live in a land down under, the town of Yarra to be exact, you are the proud (?) new owners of a six foot tall statue of...a banana! A banana with a skull carved into it. Wait a minute...to inspire you to drive more carefully?
The council splashed $22,000 to create the sculpture, which was part of a Transport Accident Commission (TAC) grant. The artwork is part of an initiative to activate and improve road safety...
Road Safety? Yeah. Right!
Because nothing says I'm going to pay more attention to my driving than, "Look over there! Is that a statue of a skull carved into a giant banana?"
Twenty two thousand dollars?? This is where we need Mick Dundee to step up and say, " 'Ats not a banana! This is a banana!" Communities that have to live with "public art" should have the final say of what gets foisted on their communities. Or better yet, don't have any taxpayer funded art. The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France, but private funds paid for the pedestal. If the people want it badly enough, they'll pay for it themselves!

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