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January 25, 2007

Taxpayers Pay $ 15,000 For Jell-O

by Doug Mataconis

As hard as it might be to believe, taxpayers in Arizona actually saw $ 15,000 of their money used to pay an “artist” to create a Jell-O replicy of the City of Scottsdale:

cottsdale’s latest public art project is a bit shaky but will definitely provide food for thought.

It is a sculpture of parts of downtown Scottsdale created from nearly 40 pounds of gelatin.

cottsdale’s latest public art project is a bit shaky but will definitely provide food for thought. It is a sculpture of parts of downtown Scottsdale created from nearly 40 pounds of gelatin.

Scottsdale in Jell-O will be unveiled to the public at 10 a.m. today in the atrium of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

The sculpture covers two large tables and depicts much of downtown Scottsdale, including the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall and the new Scottsdale Waterfront, a retail-condominium project, along with a backdrop of Camelback Mountain. Everything is to scale.

A free artist reception is planned from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Not surprisingly, Jell-O will be served.

Award-winning San Francisco-based artist Liz Hickok has been working for the past week to create the temporary, $15,000, publicly funded installation, which will run through Monday.

It’s hard to think of a more emphatically stupid waste of taxpayer dollars, no matter how small in the grand scheme of things, than to use them to pay a so-called “artist” to create a city made of gelitan. Then again, it’s hard to think of any good reason for the government to be funding art of any kind to begn with.

H/T:  Club For Growth

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2 Comments

  1. Doug,

    This is the same city that is calling an irrigation ditch a waterfront.

    Nick

    Comment by Nick M. — January 26, 2007 @ 12:18 pm
  2. Hey, my house is in that model…

    No, seriously.

    God what a waste.

    Comment by Chris Byrne — January 26, 2007 @ 2:04 pm

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