Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Which came first, the idiotic spendthrift government bureaucracy or the egg?

"An Australian artist has created a rock sculpture in the shape of an egg that resides in a remote section of one of Australia's national parks. But in an even stranger development, the Department of Environment and Resource Management has paid the artist, Andy Goldsworthy, more than $700,000 for the creation, entitled "Strangler Cairn," which in time will essentially disappear once it has been grown over by strangler fig."


Col. Milquetoast said...

"Goldsworthy, 58, who was flown in from Scotland for the project…[his] focus is on creating environmentally sustainable art pieces"


I think it is a neat project. I like the idea of putting up monuments to make people 1000 in the future think "what the heck?!" For $731,868 I would expect it to be an enormous looming structure – bigger than a house. Future archaeologists would decide it was the place where eggs were sacrificed during the ritual worship of bacon. But from the photo it looks pretty puny; I probably would have done it for only $73K.

Who knew that a government agency called the "Department of Environment and Resource Management" would be so bad at managing resources?

Cairns… isn't that where Bryan Law was from? That may offer some explanation.

Apparently, Australian arts funding isn't focused on efficiency. Last year, the Australian Arts Council gave a $20,000 grant to a guy who cashed the check, called the pile of money art, titled it the creative name "Currency", and then sold it for $17,500 to someone who is bad at math (the buyer apparently didn't calculate the buyer's premium correctly so the total price came to $21,350).

TimT said...


RebeccaH said...

Math is hard.