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Investing in Public Art
Investing in Public Art

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AIR DATE: August 7, 2012

It’s bold, it’s usually big and it can cost a lot of money. It may also be designed specifically to provoke you or get you talking.  These exotic pieces that you see in town squares and courtyards are known collectively under a pedestrian-sounding name – public art.

Clark County Commissioners recently approved a $1.5  million fund to create new public art works. We’ll talk about how you think the money should be spent and whether the sculptures you see around town have much of an impact against the backdrop of the higher wattage attractions of Las Vegas.

 Tim Bavington's “Fanfare for the Common Man" at the Smith Center.

On the UNLF campus: The Flashlight,  a steel sculpture by Claus Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen

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    COMMENTS:
    What a wonderful broadcast! Compliments to Patrick Guffy and Kristen Peterson for intelligently expressing the issues. As a community, we are lucky to have their insights as arts advocates. While there may be some who disagree on the value of public art, there are numerous studies on it's economic and social benefits that can't be argued. Cultural tourism is an aspect that should be explored in our city as added revenue. Thank you State of Nevada for doing such an excellent job once again. Your program makes me proud to live in Las Vegas.
    Shannon McmackinAug 3, 2012 15:52:04 PM
    Fine, I like art. Nevertheless, *all* art should be totally private, period. To spend tax dollars on someone else's *opinion* of what is art is beyond wasteful, especially in this economy. I'll not be voting for any official who voted for this boondoggle!
    Tom HurstAug 3, 2012 08:34:12 AM
    And, by the way, per your program title, it's hardly an "investment". Quite the opposite.
    Tom HurstAug 3, 2012 08:36:07 AM
    Aside from the potentially dangerous distraction of the iron horses and such along the highway, if people knew what they actually cost, they would literally have a heart attack. Here's a hint: they cost about 1000x what a typical person guesses as their cost!
    Tom HurstAug 3, 2012 09:58:41 AM
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