WASTE WATCH: Art Project Debate Divides Music City - Roger Susanin
Updated: Monday, October 14 2013, 07:47 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - What would you pay for a truly great piece of art? Nashville is shelling out 3/4 of a million dollars for the largest publicly funded art project in the city's history. We ask the question: How much cash should we be spending to beautify the capital city? Supporters of this piece say one of the coolest things is it's a 360 degree piece, which means your view will change as you drive through the roundabout. Critics say the project looks like a waste from every single angle. Feast your eyes on the future.
The KVB Roundabout. This piece called "Stix" will be big, bold and bright. It won't be cheap. "Stix" joins other expensive projects like the $360,000 "Ghost Ballet" downtown and the $1.1 million privately funded Musica in Music Row. Stix will be the most expensive publicly funded art work in the city, costing around $750,000. Locals may have different opinions about whether the piece is a good idea. The Executive Director of the Art Commission says "Stix", which will be constructed by a California artist out of thirty 80ft poles with LED caps, will be worth every penny.
She understands the project will always be controversial. Stix won't be completed for a few years. By the way, the project will be paid for by using the city's Art budget, which comes from new construction bonds.
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