Culture Wars, Down Under: If a sculpture decays in the outback, and no one’s there to see it . . .

The Courier-Mail, an Australian newspaper, is trying to whip taxpayers into an anti-art boil over British artist Andy Goldworthy’s Strangler Cairn, a bullet-shaped granite cairn in the Australian outback, commissioned by the Queensland Public Art Fund.  Sited off the famed “great walk” through Conondale National Park, the piece is meant to be eventually merge with the natural landscape by being overgrown by a strangler fig tree planted at its peak. The piece cost $684,000, and according to the Courier-Mail, it’s a fiasco, and all the Labor Government’s fault. The current National Parks Minister, Steve Dickson, said, “They spent well over half a million dollars of taxpayer funds on an international artist to ‘enhance’ a remote area with art that is designed to eventually disappear.”

According to Goldworthy, “the rainforest is full of tension.”

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One response to “Culture Wars, Down Under: If a sculpture decays in the outback, and no one’s there to see it . . .”

  1. And the artist spent all the money on drugs!

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