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State Dept on back foot over $1 mln sculpture
Yahoo News ^

Posted on 12/07/2013 5:58:00 AM PST by bryan999

Washington (AFP) - The US State Department on Friday fended off criticism for commissioning a $1 million sculpture for its London embassy, saying it was "a good use of our limited resources."

The piece by Irish-born artist Sean Scully was purchased as part of the department's Art in Embassies program and will be reportedly installed at the new mission due to open in 2017.

"This piece was purchased under the market price after considerable negotiation with both the artist and the gallery. This is an important part of our diplomatic presence overseas," deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

Abstract artist Scully, who became an American citizen in 1983, lives in New York and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize.

The Art in Embassies program had "played a leading role in US public diplomacy" for the past 50 years, Harf said.

"Where we can promote cross-cultural understanding... we think that's a good use of our limited resources," Harf told journalists.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: artinembassies; benghazi; limitedresources; londonembassy; priorities; seansculley

1 posted on 12/07/2013 5:58:00 AM PST by bryan999
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To: bryan999
Ladies and gentlemen, behold your tax dollars at work:


2 posted on 12/07/2013 6:01:40 AM PST by bryan999
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To: bryan999

If Hellary and Skerry turn into pillars of salt, we can call it even.


3 posted on 12/07/2013 6:02:15 AM PST by Old Yeller (America: Under Iranian hostage since Jan. 20, 2008.)
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To: bryan999

Are you shittin’ me ?


4 posted on 12/07/2013 6:04:03 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: bryan999

It kind of looks like a hacked and mangled up rock version of an American flag.

Pretty lame all around. Bad art, bad decisions.


5 posted on 12/07/2013 6:04:16 AM PST by bryan999
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To: bryan999

It’s Sharia compliant so that is okay.


6 posted on 12/07/2013 6:04:30 AM PST by huldah1776
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To: bryan999
Glad they didn't pay “market price” for this monstrosity.
7 posted on 12/07/2013 6:05:36 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: bryan999
PLEASE tell me that is not the sculpture? of note


8 posted on 12/07/2013 6:05:50 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: bryan999
Flippin' the bird....


9 posted on 12/07/2013 6:07:17 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: knarf

Like much “public art”...it is BS. What a complete waste of taxpayer money. Complete.


10 posted on 12/07/2013 6:08:44 AM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: bryan999
There's not a picture of Morgan Freeman on it anywhere! We wuz robbed!!!
11 posted on 12/07/2013 6:09:08 AM PST by niteowl77 (Establishment Republicans possess fewer guts than the last gnat that hit the windshield of your car.)
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To: knarf

Indeed, that’s the sculpture.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2517666/US-State-Department-spends-1-MILLION-single-granite-sculpture-decorate-new-embassy-London.html


12 posted on 12/07/2013 6:09:49 AM PST by bryan999
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To: bryan999
We couldn't afford security at the Benghazi consulate.

But look what we did buy with your tax dollars.


13 posted on 12/07/2013 6:10:40 AM PST by OwenKellogg (Fundamental transformation sucks.)
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To: bryan999

14 posted on 12/07/2013 6:11:02 AM PST by bryan999
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To: bryan999
They could have gotten this for free.
15 posted on 12/07/2013 6:15:57 AM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: JPG
Don't laugh: Carl Andre's Stone Field "Sculpture"


16 posted on 12/07/2013 6:21:45 AM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: bryan999

“The piece by Irish-born artist Sean Scully”—”Where we can promote cross-cultural understanding... we think that’s a good use of our limited resources,”

I didn’t think we had much difficulty in understanding the Irish. Doesn’t Biden have a home in Ireland? I don’t understand Biden any better because of a pile of bricks. Wait a minute...

I should like to sell the government a pile of bricks, being a TEA Party fan I believe it would promote cultural understanding. Heck, I could pay off everything with that kind of money with most of left to stash in a bank.


17 posted on 12/07/2013 6:24:50 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: bryan999

It’s a pile of rocks.

Two factors were most likely at work here:

- First, spend any money left in the budget so next year’s baseline budget will keep going up,

- And second, spend it on a friend. I wonder who got the commission on the sale and how large it was?


18 posted on 12/07/2013 6:26:50 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: bryan999

I wondered who dug that out of my garbage.


19 posted on 12/07/2013 6:27:30 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: Irenic

Oops—I think it is Dodd who bought the house in Ireland. I don’t think the bricks help me understand him any better either.


20 posted on 12/07/2013 6:27:59 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: ogen hal
Like much “public art”...it is BS.

Googe the "Heidelberg Project" in Detroit and see what ya come up with.

This "Project" is a glorified trash dump in a run down neighborhood where some "artist" came up with the idea of turning some abandoned homes into "artwork". In recent weeks there have been two arson attempts there and while authorities are searching for the culprit(s), I suspect it's someone in the neighborhod who is fed up with looking at all the crap.

21 posted on 12/07/2013 6:31:26 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Miss Muffit suffered from arachnophobia.....)
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To: ogen hal; cripplecreek
Like much “public art”...it is BS.

Googe the "Heidelberg Project" in Detroit and see what ya come up with.

This "Project" is a glorified trash dump in a run down neighborhood where some "artist" came up with the idea of turning some abandoned homes into "artwork". In recent weeks there have been two arson attempts there and while authorities are searching for the culprit(s), I suspect it's someone in the neighborhod who is fed up with looking at all the crap.

22 posted on 12/07/2013 6:31:57 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Miss Muffit suffered from arachnophobia.....)
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To: Hot Tabasco
Good point about the reason for the arson. I know a lot of arsons in Detroit are simply the locals cleaning out crack houses.

Speaking of taxpayer funded art, I just read this irritating article.

Grant writing for photographers 101, searching for grants
23 posted on 12/07/2013 6:39:04 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: bryan999

That’s pretty hideous.

We need to stop all this stuff until our budget is balanced and the national debt is paid off.

And detroit needs to sell it’s art, maybe not every single piece, but a great deal.

Isn’t that what an asset is for - something you can sell when you need $$?


24 posted on 12/07/2013 6:41:44 AM PST by jocon307
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To: bryan999

Go to any Home Depot (brick pavers etc) and get much more than this for a fraction of the cost. Yeah government is the answer.


25 posted on 12/07/2013 6:44:47 AM PST by FreedomGuru (Time for torches and pitchforks.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

If they had paid market price to anybody but the U.S. gov’t there would have been a lot of change back from a million dollar bill.


26 posted on 12/07/2013 6:45:00 AM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: bryan999

1 million dollars of taxpayer money for crap,
and not 1 cent to get the Benghazi murderers.


27 posted on 12/07/2013 6:45:47 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: ogen hal

As a friend once told me;
“JB, today Art can be a booger with a hair in it.”


28 posted on 12/07/2013 7:04:21 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: bryan999

Soooo It’s a terrorist block!
Hubby got it. rofl


29 posted on 12/07/2013 7:04:21 AM PST by sheana
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To: bryan999

This administration didn’t even bother to put the White House flag at half staff at the death of Margaret Thatcher, but raced to do it for Mandela. Racism is an occurring event with Barry in charge. Spending taxpayer money like it’s Greek currency is a signature Barry has no intention of ever balancing a budget.


30 posted on 12/07/2013 7:18:15 AM PST by MamaDearest
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To: bryan999

I have one just like it behind the shed. I’m rich!


31 posted on 12/07/2013 7:19:36 AM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: bryan999

Obviously meant to represent America via the flag, the symbolism is actually interesting: a pile of worn out, broken discards thrown together as a crude block with lots of cracks and gaps. Is it a message if resilience or sort of an “e pluribus unum” of national decline, extending Khrushchev’s “we will bury you” to “you are dead but not buried”? As a bonus the form comments on the American mind and government. The artiste must have felt validated to have America pay him to laugh at us.

But a concrete bunker like that might have been useful in Benghazi.


32 posted on 12/07/2013 7:27:07 AM PST by Chewbarkah
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To: bryan999

They could have gone to the granite quarries at Marble Falls in central Texas and gotten that type of rock for free.


33 posted on 12/07/2013 7:55:32 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: bryan999
The Art in Embassies program had "played a leading role in US public diplomacy" for the past 50 years

The current U.S. Embassy in London has two bronze statues on the gounds visible from the street, one of Reagan and another of Ike. Both men were excellent figures in relations between the US and the UK.

The presence of these works of art have value in our relations; they stir conversation among British people and those from other nations who visit or walk in proximity to our Embassy in London. When the U.S. Embassy is moved in 2017, we will have this block of shlock. How much do you want to bet that the Reagan and Eishenhower statues are not placed outside the new location in 2017?

Write to your member of Congress about this. There needs to be hearings and Secretary Kerry needs to answer for it. As it was Hillary Clinton who commissioned this "art", she needs to be held accountable for it.
34 posted on 12/07/2013 7:58:43 AM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life or nothing at all)
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To: bryan999

Hillary!—a perfect likeness.


35 posted on 12/07/2013 8:03:48 AM PST by SC_Pete
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To: bryan999

For a dollar they could have gotten a pet rock. Complete with a leash.


36 posted on 12/07/2013 8:51:12 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: bryan999

Well bryan999, your post has incited me to rage and rant. It will now be entombed in the bowels of FR. A rant by a anonymous person lurking the internet though I would say this to anyone from the highest soapbox on speaker’s corner in my loudest and most politically incorrect voice. To my detractors I would say tough, I don’t care what you think either. To those willing to debate, give it your best shot.

I’m using this picture of this pile of crap for my desktop background. It is yet another symbol of government waste, fraud and abuse of the taxpayer. Another would be a picture of a crackhead with a snot nosed, wet eyed, sickly dependent kid on her hip. Poor, stupid, abused, bitter and filled with hatred. Stuck in her squalid setting while the baby daddy that knocked her up is out beating the hell out of some taxpayer. Do you or anyone else expect me to feel sorry or responsible for this? This is the new face of Amerika and it is an insult to good, hard working, responsible people. People are where they are because of the decisions they make. Hardly any of the time are they where they are because of something someone else did to them. That excuse is mostly just that, an excuse and a lie.

40% tax rates. A 60/40 split of what successful people earn. This is the “reward” for success. How many of you or anybody else would put up all the money, take all the risk and do all the work to give 40% of it to someone else so that they could use it against you, support your enemies, to foil your efforts, give to others who laugh at you, don’t work, make babies for you to support, take drugs, rob you and even kill you? Maybe, maybe half of what I pay is for things I find useful or think are necessary. The rest of what I pay is wasted and used against me.

I see very little hope for this country in what is left of my lifetime. If the country recovers it will take decades for real change. I doubt that will come though and that instead we will continue to be tossed in an avalanche to destruction or to continue to ride the roller coaster of hope and defeat we have been on for at least 50 years. This country is all but equally divided between workers and takers. All have an equal vote. That is a shame and wrong as well. That is not liberty. That is lazy and useless people waiting for an opportunity to steal from honorable working people. Unless we are willing to allow the failure to be complete are willing to live with whatever rises from the ashes the political process will not save our once great nation. The unspoken alternative is clear. A house divided against itself cannot stand. Somebody else said that once upon a time and they were all too right.


37 posted on 12/07/2013 9:25:22 AM PST by Sequoyah101
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To: MamaDearest

Barry Obama is on record saying it is NOT his intention to balance the budget. Seriously.


38 posted on 12/07/2013 10:02:52 AM PST by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
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To: bryan999

I used to have a pile of old bricks behind my garage. I didn’t realize they were art, and I got rid of them.

I could have sold them to the government for $1 million.

Dumb.


39 posted on 12/07/2013 10:11:01 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: OwenKellogg

Sean Scully’s paintings are a lot better than this sculpture. The stripes are his signature; they don’t have to do with the American Flag.

The subtleties of the lines are really nice in his oil paintings, with lovely colors. This is not a good piece, in my opinion, and I don’t think that in this time of budget crisis this should have been purchased.

It does take a lot of work to understand modern and contemporary art. It is not all bad; some of it is wonderful. But I don’t have the time here to fully develop my defense of modern art....


40 posted on 12/11/2013 5:51:17 AM PST by Republicanprofessor
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To: bryan999

The portrayal of the central government in the “Hunger Games” makes more and more sense


41 posted on 12/11/2013 6:50:13 AM PST by AbnSarge
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To: bryan999
"Where we can promote cross-cultural understanding..."

IF, and that's a big if, that is the intent, then the "artist" (preschooler playing with blocks) can DONATE the damned piece of garbage instead of raping the American taxpayer!

42 posted on 12/11/2013 6:56:23 AM PST by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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