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June 4th, 2012 — Sculpture Walk, Sioux Falls
From a reader’s email;
I was driving down Phillips on Saturday afternoon and there were a bunch of people downtown looking at the sculptures, etc and there were two ADULT women on the bicycle having their picture taken.
They were SITTING on it like it was a play thing. Then on the 0ther side of the street there were three younger females and one looked around before climbing on top of the stone/rock to have her picture taken with the rabbit.
This is not an adult playground…it is ART.
Some of the pieces are probably durable enough to do stuff like this, but like the reader said, they are not play things. Please appreciate them from a distance.
March 10th, 2011 — Sculpture Walk, Sioux Falls
March 9th, 2010 — Art, Sculpture Walk, Sioux Falls
Yesterday at the SF City council informational meeting, SF Sculpture Walk dictator, Jim Clark, admitted that the city (taxpayers) give $25,000 yearly to SW (of course after Staggers asked him the question). And just out of curiosity I went to their website to see if that claim was repeated, and it was;
WOW! While Mr. Clark and I don’t see eye to eye, I am glad to see he is coming around. I have often said, give credit where credit is due, and it seems he finally gets it, kinda. Public art is just that, public. And when you shut out the public (after digging in their wallets) you are not encouraging people to give to the arts, it only makes them suspect, that is why public art has gotten such a bad rap. Tell the public what their money is being spent on, and they will support it, keep them in the dark, and they will not.
November 17th, 2009 — Sculpture Walk
I suggested a few years ago that SW should just be in Fawick Park, it would make it more accessible to people with special needs and would centralize the program. I still think it is a good idea, and maybe when the new mayor takes over, whoever it is, I can convince them of my idea.
Here is a mockup of my idea.
UPDATE: Amphitheater picture (H/T – Sy)
May 27th, 2009 — Sculpture Walk
Look mom, I grabbed some granite countertop scraps, stacked them on top of each other and presto – I’m a fricking artist!
But you won’t see SculptureYawn mention public funding in their brochure. After a press release appeared on the Gargoyle Leader’s website last month saying SW doesn’t take public money, I have been prodding the Gargoyle to do a story about the organization’s funding. I have been doing some digging myself to.
According to their brochure the city now purchases the award sculptures through a grant from the Sheldon F. Reese Foundation a locally based charity organization. The SF Area Community Foundation and the SD Arts council also donated to SW (both receive partial tax dollars for their annual budget). What was missing from the brochure was how much, or that the city even gives a penny to SW.
Then I stumbled upon this. Buried under the Planning Services CIP budget were a couple of line items that I found interesting;
Planning & Building Services
113025 SCULPTURE WALK Budget: 15,000 Expensed: 15,000
Not sure what the money is spent on specifically (insurance?), but it is pretty obvious that city spent $15,000 this year on SW (which is down about $10,000 from last year).
Now while some of you may know, I am all for public art, but think it should be paid for through private donations. I think tax dollars spent on the arts should go 100% into education. Since public art is objective, I don’t think it is a wise use of tax dollars. That being said, I think a majority of Sioux Falls residents probably disagree with me, and don’t have a problem with the city spending $15,000 on SW this year, I just find it curious that SW wouldn’t mention it in a brochure that is dedicated to thanking their sponsors. As a taxpayer, it would have been nice to be recognized.
March 10th, 2009 — Sculpture Walk
As you can see the gayness returns (There are some cool pieces though to, see below)
Sculpture list here
Visual Arts Commission presentation here
Pictures Here: sw-2009