After the mayor’s memo Thursday recommending the city temporarily halt its public art program to save money, a few interesting discussions popped up about public art in general. In case you missed them, here’s a roundup of the discussion so far.
(It’s unclear at this point which, or how many, city public art projects would be affected, but the city’s website lists eight projects that were planned.)
This program — requiring the city to invest in public art when they revamp or build new city buildings — is not the city’s only arts expenditure. But it’s interesting to me that many people see cuts like this as symbolic, some indication of the mayor’s general proclivity toward or away from arts.
Reader William Smith said: “This is a short-sighted policy. The small one-time expenditures should not be sacrificed. Art is the soul of society, not a frill.”
Fred Logan said: “I don’t believe it will happen, but it is nice to read the Mayor saying this. Art is not the reason we have government.”
On the Behind the Scene Facebook page, local sculptor Amos Robinson praised the Unified Port of San Diego’s public art program, saying being part of the Urban Trees installation along Harbor Drive “opened so many doors” for his art career.