Other art 'points'

Posted Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Judging from the responses to the "All Points" question on the value of public art, most of the respondents didn't understand the question.

The two percent of capital bonds and water and sewer bonds is applied to art objects in the general vicinity of where the bond money is spent and not to the arts in general (i.e., the opera, symphony, and Cliburn).

When the convention center was built, a cowboy hat sculpture was commissioned for about $60,000 and placed in the main vestibule. Most people wouldn't have paid $6,000 for the monstrosity. A large amount of glitz along the Southwest Parkway will be funded by bond money.

There have always been many objects of public art funded by private resources in Fort Worth. The Calder "Eagle" (now gone), the "Man With Briefcase," the Matisse "Backs" (moved from Burnett Park to the Kimbell), the "Zipper" painted on a building and the sleeping panther are all examples.

The art objects paid for from bond money are hardly memorable, and the money would be better spent on building more road miles and improving the water and sewer system.

-- Clyde Picht, Fort Worth

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