So this eye sore is on the side of an exit on one of my city’s bridges (the Quesnel bridge).
People are calling it art.
Um excuse me but what the fuck is wrong with this city? Do you know how many homeless and starving people are in this city? Do you have any idea how bad our roads are after all this winter?
and Edmonton decides to spend $600,000 of public money of this silver hunk of shit. And people are calling it “art”
I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I fucking hate this city.
Funding for arts and homelessness are not mutually exclusive. Just three days ago the City of Edmonton dedicated $360,000 for an initiative to help the homeless. This is just part of the city’s homeless initiative that has provided housing for 1,500 people in the last three years.
But hey, I get it. Homelessness is a complex social issue with no easy solutions. Art is subjective and it’s simple to criticize something that’s highly visible and feel like you’ve taken some sort of principled stand.
Did you know this installation is part of the city’s 1% for arts program, that dedicates a per cent of the cost of all public infrastructure in Edmonton to arts? Let that sink in for a moment. The sculpture cost $600,000 and that’s one per cent of what it cost to build more car lanes on the Whitemud so people don’t have to wait as long in traffic.
Let’s also not forget to mention the hundreds of millions of dollars of risk city council has decided taxpayers should carry for the benefit of a private enterprise.
You want to talk priorities?
I fucking hate false moral indignation.