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Bell: City of Calgary public art, who runs the sideshow?

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Ah, city hall. Caught between a shiny split shell of supposed sophistication and a hard place.

Yes, deer in the headlights.

You see, the city’s northeast wants some art. So it is said.

They don’t know what exactly. They haven’t been asked. The city hasn’t talked to them.

Their councillor says they got stiffed.

The last $559,000 art piece at their Genesis Centre tried to be too clever by half, oh-so-cutting edge, oh-so-inventive, so cute. It was even tricked out to appear to interact with humans.

Some numbskulls were wowed by its alleged brilliance, like kids who loved the talking Furby toy in days past, before the craze went cold.

The city had to buy it with taxpayer dough but the fires of its much-touted creativity burned someone’s clothes.

The work of genius ended up in a city warehouse, gathering dust, another brain fart from the big blue playpen.

Yes, we’ve had the stupidities of the Giant Blue Ring and Bowfort Towers. But at least they didn’t attack anybody.

And yet, years later, city hall’s rocket scientists still don’t know what move to make.

The city........

© Calgary Sun