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State Department Buys Million Dollar Granite Sculpture from Irish-Born Artist
The Weekly Standard ^ | DEC 3, 2013 | JERYL BIER

Posted on 12/04/2013 3:28:48 PM PST by PreciousLiberty

At the end of September, the federal government's fiscal year was drawing to a close, the threat of a shut down was increasing, and the State Department was shopping for art. Four contracts were awarded in the last two weeks of September, including $1,000,000 for a granite sculpture by Irish-born artist Sean Scully to be installed at the new U.S. Embassy in London. Notice of the awards was posted Sunday afternoon of Thanksgiving weekend on the Federal Business Opportunities website.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 0bama; badart; broke; donttreadonme; dosoutofcontrol; idiocracy; sculpture; tanstaafl; time2partyagain; treeofliberty
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Here's another example of this "gifted" artist's work:

1 posted on 12/04/2013 3:28:48 PM PST by PreciousLiberty
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To: PreciousLiberty

The Blarney Stone.


2 posted on 12/04/2013 3:30:05 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: PreciousLiberty

3 posted on 12/04/2013 3:30:34 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Good one!


4 posted on 12/04/2013 3:30:48 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: PreciousLiberty

i scarcely know what do say.

ive seen a lot of bad art....but a million bucks for anything this boy wunder...is selling is about 999K too much.

will barry be flying in the the installation?


5 posted on 12/04/2013 3:31:14 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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To: Tijeras_Slim

He must have the gift of blarney to be getting hard cash for that type of sculpture! lol


6 posted on 12/04/2013 3:31:23 PM PST by PreciousLiberty
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To: BenLurkin

rofl...yeah that was about my reaction too!


7 posted on 12/04/2013 3:32:39 PM PST by PreciousLiberty
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To: PreciousLiberty

We need to cut the government spending in HALF as a start


8 posted on 12/04/2013 3:32:54 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

I agree!

To make my thoughts on this more clear, in these hard times expenditures like this - $1,000,000 for a (most likely subpar) sculpture are outrageous!

Granted, that’s along with a host of other things including multimillion dollar vacations for 0 and family...


9 posted on 12/04/2013 3:35:07 PM PST by PreciousLiberty
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To: PreciousLiberty

No you guys, this is good. Our ambassador can hide behind it when the locals storm the gates over a cartoon or hideous video.


10 posted on 12/04/2013 3:36:09 PM PST by DManA
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To: PreciousLiberty

So now they have an Al Quaida statue and an IRA statue.

When will they have the Stuffed Arafat?


11 posted on 12/04/2013 3:37:37 PM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: PreciousLiberty

The first thing I would abolish are funds and grants to non-government organizations like NPR, PBS, Planned Parenthood, agri-subsidies, all forms of corporate welfare and the like


12 posted on 12/04/2013 3:38:29 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: PreciousLiberty
Maybe if you cover the whole mess in mortar mix and smooth it out, it wouldn't look so bad.
13 posted on 12/04/2013 3:39:46 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: PreciousLiberty

Art is anything that appeals to our sense of the sublime.
Them things—whatever they is—is as purty as a mud fence.
Fools and our money are soon parted.


14 posted on 12/04/2013 3:41:02 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
C'mon now...it looks much better when properly exhibited.

[do I really need the /s here?] :)

15 posted on 12/04/2013 3:42:41 PM PST by Salamander (I know things that you don't. I've done things that you won't.)
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To: The Cajun

50 years from now, local farmers will have carried it off, piecemeal, to repair their barns.


16 posted on 12/04/2013 3:43:53 PM PST by Salamander (I know things that you don't. I've done things that you won't.)
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To: PreciousLiberty
You can buy concrete Jersey barriers in your choice of colors and finishes for less than $100 a linear foot! And ship a mile of 'em to England too, for the same total cost! Give some to the Queen! Thanks to Belson Outdoors
17 posted on 12/04/2013 3:54:02 PM PST by heartwood
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To: Salamander
Tell you what, I have no artistic talent, but give me an industrial grinder, a box of heavy 10 inch discs, a sand blaster and I could do better.
Would only charge a couple of grand for it :)
18 posted on 12/04/2013 3:56:36 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: PreciousLiberty

Are you SERIOUS????? THAT IS CRAP!!!!


19 posted on 12/04/2013 4:04:43 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: PreciousLiberty

Stoopit Mc.


20 posted on 12/04/2013 4:06:03 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: The Cajun

Oh...sorry.

I was just out in the yard piling up some cinder blocks and bricks.

I’m charging $99.99 for each sculpture.
[$129.99 for the ones that have moss on ‘em...they’re ‘living art’]

Get ‘em while they last!

;D


21 posted on 12/04/2013 4:07:07 PM PST by Salamander (I know things that you don't. I've done things that you won't.)
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To: PreciousLiberty

22 posted on 12/04/2013 4:08:14 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Salamander

hhhmmmmm...what a great idea. Take construction waste, dump it in a field, and you’ve polluted the field. Call it art and it’s worth a fortune.


23 posted on 12/04/2013 4:09:13 PM PST by grania
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To: PreciousLiberty

Bump


24 posted on 12/04/2013 4:09:40 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: PreciousLiberty

Ok, I’m a starving artist carving stone. I will sell this sculpture to anyone for one tenth of that price.

>https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=505349939530057&set=a.135692323162489.30277.132668063464915&type=1&theater<


25 posted on 12/04/2013 4:11:16 PM PST by Clean_Sweep
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To: MeshugeMikey

Check out the link to the artist’s website (it’s in the article).

Don’t miss his “works on paper”. OMG, “clever” ain’t the word, lol.


26 posted on 12/04/2013 4:16:48 PM PST by Ezekiel (All who mourn the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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To: Ezekiel

I saw them. Looks like an 3rd grader doodle.


27 posted on 12/04/2013 4:18:36 PM PST by Clean_Sweep
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To: grania

Throw in a few odd bugs or frogs and you’ve created a national park/wildlife sanctuary.


28 posted on 12/04/2013 4:24:09 PM PST by Salamander (I know things that you don't. I've done things that you won't.)
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To: PreciousLiberty

I could have done it for about $30. buy Bricks at Home Depot...


29 posted on 12/04/2013 4:27:57 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (Ben Carson/Rand Paul or Sara/Nikki in 2016)
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To: Salamander

...and the government criminals tell us they don’t have enough money for veterans’ health benefits, commissaries and so forth. This isn’t public art. It is crap.


30 posted on 12/04/2013 4:28:56 PM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: DManA

“Our ambassador can hide behind it when the locals storm the gates over a cartoon or hideous video.”

Or, you know, when it’s an Al Qaida plot to kill Americans...

My thought is $1,000,000 would pay for a good number of well-armed Marines!

I know darned well which one I’d rather have on hand!!!


31 posted on 12/04/2013 4:30:26 PM PST by PreciousLiberty
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To: PreciousLiberty; flaglady47; pax_et_bonum; Maine Mariner; mickie; seekthetruth
Here's the real reason for the purchase of the art.....

"The government fiscal year was coming to a close....."

You have to know how governments on all levels work when it comes to budgets.

If they haven't spent their year's allotted budget they will indulge in an orgy of spending the last couple months so their next year's budget will not be slashed and will remain the same or more (a COL increase will generally by added to the new year's budget).

You can bet other bureaucracies across the fruited plain are spending like crazy this month to use up the rest of their 2013 budgeted dollars so they won't be cut in the new year on the grounds they didn't need all that money in 2013.

Leni

32 posted on 12/04/2013 4:30:58 PM PST by MinuteGal (<p>)
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To: Salamander
[$129.99 for the ones that have moss on ‘em...they’re ‘living art’]

Dang you're sharp!

33 posted on 12/04/2013 4:32:11 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: Ann Archy

“Are you SERIOUS????? THAT IS CRAP!!!!”

An excellent analysis! Are you an art critic? ;-)


34 posted on 12/04/2013 4:33:24 PM PST by PreciousLiberty
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To: PreciousLiberty

Looks like a pile of end cuts from a quarry, waiting to be hauled off to the crusher.


35 posted on 12/04/2013 4:36:24 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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36 posted on 12/04/2013 4:36:37 PM PST by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: PreciousLiberty; Ann Archy
“Are you SERIOUS????? THAT IS CRAP!!!!”

An excellent analysis! Are you an art critic? ;-)

ROTFLMAO!!

37 posted on 12/04/2013 4:38:20 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: PreciousLiberty

This is the same State Department that claimed they didn’t have enough money to provide adequate security at Benghazi, right?


38 posted on 12/04/2013 4:40:59 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: PreciousLiberty; All
So, after a bit more research, I've found the following facts on Wikipedia:

He's most noted for his painting, and this is (apparently) his masterpiece:

Wikipedia also had the following helpful guide to his "work":
Scully's paintings are often made up of a number of panels and are abstract. Scully paints in oils, sometimes laying the paint on quite thickly to create textured surfaces. After a brief initial period of hard-edge painting Scully abandoned the masking tape while retaining his characteristic motif of the stripe which he has developed and refined over time. His paintings typically involve architectural constructions of abutting walls and panels of painted stripes. In recent years he has augmented his trademark stripes by also deploying a mode of compositional patterning more reminiscent of a checkerboard. He has stated that this style represents the way in which Ireland has moved towards a more chequered society. He stated in 2006, "I remember growing up in Ireland and everything being chequered, even the fields and the people."

Shockingly ;-) Wikipedia made no mention of his sculptural greatness...

What an amazing talent! I think this may be the kind of "Cowboy poet" artist Pelosi had in mind with her 0care pitch...

39 posted on 12/04/2013 4:42:12 PM PST by PreciousLiberty
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To: tacticalogic
" This is the same State Department that claimed they didn’t have enough money to provide adequate security at Benghazi, right?"

That is exactly correct!

40 posted on 12/04/2013 4:44:50 PM PST by PreciousLiberty
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To: PreciousLiberty

Apparently Sean couldn’t make it as a stone mason.


41 posted on 12/04/2013 4:49:38 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Vendome

That is the most ornate dog turd I have ever seen. Is that one of Sean’s droppings too?


42 posted on 12/04/2013 4:50:57 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: MinuteGal

“You have to know how governments on all levels work when it comes to budgets.”

And that is where the GAO should come in as a check to say that this is a waste of taxpayer dollars.

One major problem is the GAO is not working effectively.


43 posted on 12/04/2013 4:57:49 PM PST by PreciousLiberty
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To: Ann Archy
Are you SERIOUS????? THAT IS CRAP!!!!

OK, fine. The State Department will go with their first choice:


44 posted on 12/04/2013 5:05:17 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: COBOL2Java

Great, except that one has cost around $10,000,000,000,000 so far... :-P


45 posted on 12/04/2013 5:08:59 PM PST by PreciousLiberty
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To: PreciousLiberty
An Irish sculpture in front of the embassy in London. How interesting, given the condescending attitude of the English toward the Irish. This may just be another carefully planned slap at the Brits by the hateful Obama.
46 posted on 12/04/2013 5:30:18 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: TigersEye

That is our turd of San Jose, CA? How dare you insult our POS!

It’s suppose to represent “Quetzacoatl” the Aztec& Mayan Deity.

Their POS couldn’t match our awesome God, so it deserted its people and they stopped challenging us quite a few years ago, once they acknowledged their inferiority.

Seems our God can step in anything he wants and then just scrape it off the bottom of his feet in a briar patch.

Chuck Norris showed him how to do that and now God calls on him for any new thoughts on excercising being all powerful....and that...


47 posted on 12/04/2013 6:17:13 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Vendome

I’m sorry. I had no idea what a speshul turd it is.


48 posted on 12/04/2013 6:19:36 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Ezekiel

those drawings appear to be ACTUAL SIZE!

it does require a degree to sense that this poor schlub got his start...in art therapy...


49 posted on 12/04/2013 6:37:17 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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To: PreciousLiberty

If a piece of “art” looks like it was thrown together by a 12 year old then its not art.


50 posted on 12/04/2013 7:07:25 PM PST by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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