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Pic of the Day: The $600,000 toad statue your tax dollars paid for and you will never see in person
Bluegrass Pundit ^ | Tuesday, December 13, 2011 | Bluegrass Pundit

Posted on 12/14/2011 9:34:08 AM PST by Askwhy5times

Yes. Taxpayers paid $600,000 for this toad and fairy girl statue. It sets in the lobby of the restricted DoD Mark Center building in Alexandria, VA and can only be viewed by about 2000 employees. That comes to $300 an employee for the pleasure of enjoying this art piece. As an added plus, it reportedly makes a gurgling sound. Oh, that noise may be coming from the taxpayers who paid for this pork toad.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: art; government; waste

1 posted on 12/14/2011 9:34:24 AM PST by Askwhy5times
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To: Askwhy5times

Versailles, 1788.


2 posted on 12/14/2011 9:36:59 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: Askwhy5times

What is in that toad’s mouth? Looks like someone’s head.


3 posted on 12/14/2011 9:37:27 AM PST by duckman (Herman 2012 was Zero's worst night mare.)
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To: Askwhy5times

It’s extremely ugly.


4 posted on 12/14/2011 9:38:56 AM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Askwhy5times
Rather than affix postage to an envelope, they can simply sign their name and the letter will still reach its destination.

Time to go literal on 'em. You must sign YOUR name ... not have an aide sign, not use a robo sign ... if it is to be free, YOU must sign.

5 posted on 12/14/2011 9:40:34 AM PST by NonValueAdded ("Centralization destroys the blight of monopoly")
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To: Dallas59
It’s extremely ugly.

That's pretty much the functional definition of modern art.

6 posted on 12/14/2011 9:41:50 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Askwhy5times

Toads are good. Just ask Barry. They keep the flies off your face.


7 posted on 12/14/2011 9:50:16 AM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: Psalm 144

That’s really bad, even by the standards of modern art.


8 posted on 12/14/2011 9:52:17 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Dallas59
The Mark Center cost $700,000,000. The frog cost $600,000. That's 6/7000 of the total cost, or 3/3500, or 1/1200 approximately.

That's one of those numbers that gets rounded off in a project like this.

On the other hand most people imagine that government facilities should be as plain as possible ~ no art, not even employee pictures hanging on walls in their own offices.

Painting the local post office's walls ALWAYS draws its share of complainants, several of whom will always write to the PMG and their local Congress Critter about "wasting money".

Frankly, I think they should have set up a gallery where they used a cheap $50 projector to show donated amateur porn movies all day on a plain white painted wall.

9 posted on 12/14/2011 9:53:40 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Askwhy5times

I see art like that in the lobbies of Class “A” commerical office buildings all the time. /S


10 posted on 12/14/2011 9:55:22 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Dallas59
It’s extremely ugly.

It,s part of the plan...

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “ Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”

http://www.tldm.org/news7/CommunismInAmerica.htm

11 posted on 12/14/2011 9:57:10 AM PST by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: colorado tanker
The fairy and toad are overly realistic. You could have sold that to the Politboro in Moscow in Joe Stalin's day ~ he was a big fan of what the world knows as "Socialist Realism".

Now, about the thing you're looking at ~ it's the artist's model submitted in the early stages of a competition.

I'm sure you'd be happier with the large round red balls in front of your local Target!

12 posted on 12/14/2011 9:57:16 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Pan_Yan

Ever been to the Hilton in Reno? There are a number of equestrian statues there ~ I suppose they must be art because they’ve been gilded with cheap gold tint.


13 posted on 12/14/2011 9:59:37 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
I'm sure you'd be happier with the large round red balls in front of your local Target!

I usually am. Oh, did you mean the store? :-))

14 posted on 12/14/2011 10:09:20 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

The store ~ looks like “pubic art”.


15 posted on 12/14/2011 10:11:13 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Askwhy5times
This thing has got "occult" written all over it.

Somewhere some group of globalists is laughing their butts off at it's true hidden meaning.

16 posted on 12/14/2011 10:24:05 AM PST by SENTINEL (Romney is to Conservatism what Mormonism is to Christianity.)
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To: Askwhy5times

OMG!! I don’t know whether to laugh or cry!!

There is nothing “artistic” about it . . . . . in fact, it is just plain ugly and childish.

Frankly, I think we owe a debt of gratitude to the DoD for keeping it out of sight of the general public. It is a hideous item and should be attached to the next drone we send over Iran!!


17 posted on 12/14/2011 10:32:21 AM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: Askwhy5times

Barney Frank only pays $100 to hear a gurgling sound.


18 posted on 12/14/2011 10:40:09 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Askwhy5times

Apparently the Artsy Fartsy Brick-a-brack Industry is alive and well.


19 posted on 12/14/2011 10:56:57 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny ("Fair share" are the last two words I hear before I stop taking someone seriously.)
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To: throwback

I thought that’s what michelle was for ...


20 posted on 12/14/2011 11:56:57 AM PST by stylin19a (obama - "FREDO" smart)
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To: Askwhy5times

for later


21 posted on 12/14/2011 12:32:49 PM PST by stylin19a (obama - "FREDO" smart)
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To: Askwhy5times

has anyone checked this out on Snopes or Cecil? Surely this had to be a joke perpetrated on a guileless blogger.


22 posted on 12/14/2011 12:45:13 PM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: wildbill

Could be, but these buildings, projects, etc. usually have mandated percentage of art from local artists that needs to be spent. At the Seattle airport runway expansion the news did a piece on some artwork.

Some artist had done a mural in tile on a large retaining wall for hundreds of thousands. The news crew went to get some shots of it. They had to get a pass as you can only see it from a restricted area of the airport. And even then, the closest they could get to it (another fence in the way), the trees and brush blocked most of the view.


23 posted on 12/14/2011 12:56:09 PM PST by 21twelve
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To: 21twelve

somebody tell Congress that mandated amounts of money for art in buildings is something that a bankrupt nation might forego if they were looking for spending cuts.

I like culture as much as the next Joe Sixpack, but if we have to support the arts in federal buildings, shouldn’t we logically also mandate original songs by starving bands and singers on the elevators for muzak music—or maybe public readings of poems?

Does anyone else ever feel they have gone through the looking-glass into Wonderland?


24 posted on 12/14/2011 2:45:03 PM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: wildbill

http://www.ellenmillergallery.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Blum_bio_042011.pdf

Heh - found the resume of who is probably the artist of the Seattle Airport wall. $75,000 only. Her most recent work listed is for five windows and a glass art piece for San Francisco for $360,000. I guess the airport got off easy.

All of the items listed are public works, mass transit, etc. (I think the manhole cover design artwork project probably takes the cake though!)


25 posted on 12/14/2011 3:18:32 PM PST by 21twelve
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To: Askwhy5times
As an added plus, it reportedly makes a gurgling sound. Oh, that noise may be coming from the taxpayers who paid for this pork toad.

I am picturing the IRS guy telling the taxpayer to "bend over and squeal like a pig" like the guy in Deliverance.

26 posted on 12/14/2011 5:24:08 PM PST by Captain Quirk
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To: 21twelve
Could be, but these buildings, projects, etc. usually have mandated percentage of art from local artists that needs to be spent.

Jeez, what a scam....

27 posted on 12/14/2011 5:24:12 PM PST by Captain Quirk
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To: 21twelve

The Dems have acted like the country is in a golden age, similar to the Athens of Pericles, where we can subsidize the arts without regard to financial consequences.

Even if we could afford it, man hole cover art is not my idea of golden age aethetics. But I guess I’m not one of the elite.


28 posted on 12/14/2011 5:54:49 PM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: Captain Quirk; wildbill

I just found the bylaws for Seattle King County Sound Transit, and 1% of total construction costs needs to be allocated for art, not including tunneling.

It looked like a plain-jane station is around 25 million. Which would include $250,000 of art. Granted, there is something to be said about nice looking buildings, walkways, etc. (unless you are into U.S.S.R. retro), but art in places nobody will see, or $600,000 for a 5th grade frog sculpture is nuts.

One would think they could have display cases (gang proofed) to display art, fancy clothing, etc. from nearby stores - and even charge the stores for the opportunity to advertise. Or “billboards” with ads that might need to meet certain artistic qualities to be placed on the walls, etc.


29 posted on 12/14/2011 8:51:06 PM PST by 21twelve
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To: Askwhy5times

This post is a year old, but it certainly got it all wrong. I am a professional sculptor and I was actually a finalist in this competition. The artwork was to go out front, on the building, in public, not inside. There are over 6200 employees who start(ed) work there, not 2,000. I can’t defend the bullfrog, it’s not at all an appropriate idea in my experience with commercial and corporate design. But also, this frog was not the winning design. It was a design submitted by an artist who, i guess, was chosen based on previous (more sensible?) work samples. What she was thinking as she submitted a bullfrog with a fairy on top, I can’t imagine. But then again, she didnt win. As someone who does their best to produce well thought-out appropriate and attractive designs, that is somewhat comforting. I do defend the idea that when building a new structure -especially of that size, some thought and planning, and yes, money has to be reserved to make it pleasing, or don’t build it. There are plenty of stark, empty, ugly cement buildings from the 60 and 70’s already around if thats what you’d like. In this case i would also like to point out -the % for art was voluntary. I heard too after this “scandal” it was cut down to be about $200k -which is nothing to cover an outdoor area more than 10ft x 200ft with something artistic. Ideally the building design would be pleasing and the artistic qualities would be built into the structure as it was constructed (which costs no more than blandness) rather than hoping to fix ugly with a bandaid. Thought you’d appreciate the insight from someone who was there.


30 posted on 12/02/2012 8:33:49 AM PST by VaSculptor (I know this is old news, but its still wrong and echoing through cyberspace a year later.)
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To: Askwhy5times

Then there is this statue of a Mexican God in San Jose, California that looks like a pile of doo doo.


31 posted on 12/02/2012 8:41:02 AM PST by NY Attitude (Make love not war but be prepared for either.)
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