Did we miss a BIGGER opportunity with Arc of Dreams?

First off, I’m not one to tell rich peeps how to spend their money. If they want to give to charity, I think that is great. I’m also one to NOT discourage giving money towards public art projects.

It seems lately though that people are questioning the whole point of ‘Arc of Dreams’ and mainly it’s location.

No criticism towards the artist, he does large, beautiful pieces across our state, including Dignity in Chamberlain. It’s his life and living. Also, no criticism towards those willing to help pay for this large scale commission . . .  but . . . does it seem a bit shortsighted and lacking the vision of the whole picture of downtown’s artistic image?

Instead putting all of our eggs in one basket in one (overcrowded) area, why not spread the wealth around?

One of the main arguments made to put ‘Arc of Dreams’ downtown was for a needed tourist attraction Downtown. Nevermind SculptureWalk, a replica of David, oh and that little cute waterfall at Falls Park.

But if we really wanted to bring ‘tourism’ downtown, why not invest that cool million used for ONE public art project to fund several projects that would be a combination public art/infrastructure?

During the downtown design meeting I attended one of the concerns people had about downtown was the dead zones, areas along Phillips Avenue and various side streets that have areas that have really nothing to look at while walking around downtown.

So what could WE have done with that million besides just building one large project?

First of all, I would use only local contractors and artists for these projects. Economic development starts at home.

Here is a brief list of what we could have done;

At approximately $20K  a piece we could have erected 50 permanent sculptures downtown in these dead zones. We could have also spent approximately $50K a pop for  20 mini gardens/parks/benches in these areas. And if we really wanted to get a bang for our buck we could have commissioned 200 murals at $5K a piece to help beautify some of those drab building walls downtown.

There is probably a whole host of other things we could have spent the million on that would have really boosted visitors to our downtown.

Let me hear your ideas!



9 comments ↓

#1 scott on 08.22.17 at 7:06 pm

the rich can raise over a million dollars in a few months for the arch of dreams, but the state theater restoration is now going on for about 15 years.

#2 Emoluments Clause on 08.22.17 at 10:35 pm

Try 24 years….

#3 The D@ily Spin on 08.22.17 at 11:16 pm

The Arc of Dreams is a tribute to Saddam Hussein’s crossed swords. Can it be across the Sioux? The river is more than 30′ wide (navigable stream). If the rich build it without federal approval it could be condemned and removed. Find another way to blow a million. Paint soup cans on ‘The Banquet’ or do murals under the bridges for the homeless.

#4 l3wis on 08.23.17 at 2:14 am

I could see it now, a replica of Warhol’s ‘Tomato Soup’ on the side of the Banquet, but instead it would say ‘the Banquet’. Ironically it would solve a dual purpose.

#5 Bruce on 08.23.17 at 8:31 am

Drawing on a building designed by post modern architects would destroy the dreams of the arch.

#6 anominous on 08.23.17 at 12:23 pm

Looks like a damn gallows.

#7 matt johnson on 08.23.17 at 4:32 pm

you don’t care what rich peeps do with their money, they can even give to charity if they want- you will just use your “humor” when they do it hypocritical? or playing both sides of the issue?

#8 ol bubbleguts on 08.23.17 at 7:15 pm

i gave 2400 large to old folks home
round the corner

not so much as a thank you note

iaal obg
disillusioned in humanity

#9 Emoluments Clause on 08.23.17 at 10:39 pm

Remember: If it says ‘Campbell’s Tomato Soup,’ then it is advertising, but if just says ‘Tomato Soup,’ then it could be accepted mural art. However, if it says ‘The Banquet,’ that would be advertising again. But since they do not sell anything there, is it really advertising? Can free be advertised or is it just a notice? (Thoughts by Jack Handey)

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