Friday, June 16, 2006

What Price Is Art?

The City of Melbourne paid around A$150,000.00 for a bunch of sticks below at Federation Square.


This is the work of an artist who wanted to paint the trees blue last year but was stopped by the people of Melbourne for wasting public money. Some people say you can't put a price on art and Melbourne City is going art crazy and wasting money on it. City Councillors...too much money to waste? Our money...

28 comments:

Simple American said...

Those are not just any strings wuching. Those are strings roped off inside circle. The force is strong in them. Or was that dark side? Red like Sith light saber.

tj said...

hey wuching...

really lah the melbourne city council taxes melbournians such high anual rates to fund useless 'decorative pieces' that resemble giant bunches of jos sticks?

even the recent refurbishment of Bourke Mall was nothing great...just a few raised platforms for the trams...wtf?

they sure have the 'cheek' to waste ppls hard earned moolah :(

They shouldn't charge such high rates if they nothing much to spend on.

Neo said...

That's much better than the swan decoration in Sibu!

Have you see it in Sibu?

Wuching said...

SA: i think you've been reading too much of my rubbish posts! hahahaha..but thank you! :)

tj: ur absolutely right! all our government dept whether local or state r wasting our tax dollars while they splurge on tax dollar funded wastes..time for a new government, i'm voting for u!

neo: yes i saw it in someone's blog but not personally so i can't really form an opinion on that..

yvy said...

Ooooo...then u haven't seen that split ball on the round about in penang near fort cornwallis. can't explain that atrocity either!

robin said...

That thing is not worth the money leh !!! looks ugly to me... and i do appreciate art !!

Cocka Doodle said...

Hmmm....looks like the hair left on your head under a microscope. LOL

Wuching said...

yvy: how about u post it on ur blog for me to see.

robin: yes, i don't see the artistic side of it either.

cocka: ur so cruel..:(

King's wife said...

I also have similar looking sticks in my house. Are they worth so much?? :D

5xmom ~chanlilian.net~ said...

Heh, now I don't feel so bad being in Penang with dicks and balls as pavement.

fooDcrazEE said...

sounds like Malaysia only

Wuching said...

king's wife: ur rich! sell it!

5xmom: i bet those dicks & balls cost less too!

foodcrazee: i guess everywhere u go its the same..

yothemans said...

When a City council is rich,they got power to spent.think about it,when a poor city council spent on some ridicilous stuff.

Pandabonium said...

There is an identical one on the opposite side of the earth.

Che-Cheh said...

Looks like joss-stick only. :P

QuaVadis said...

Errr..Wuching..U Melbourne Council Man ah? It seems like something most Malaysian Councilors would put up...stupid art works, (that's most likely made by their relatives) cost tonnes of money (of which 3/4 goes to his own pocket) and is as ugly as hell :P

suituapui said...

Neo been to Sibu kah? We got new one now...a pair, and they look as if they had just had a satisfying round of u-know-what!!! Ha! Don't u think it looks like ur hair (different colour)...same as ur pix in Ajay!!!

QuaVadis said...

HEHEHEHe was just about to comment that it does look like Wuch's hair....hahahaha

Maybe its Melbourne's tribute to their imported foochow Son that brings about so much popularity for the State :P

yvy said...

ok, i'll remember to take pix n send to u. :)

Wuching said...

yothemans: city council is rich at the expense of the ppl.

pandabodium: where's the other one?

che-cheh: joss sticks to worship me!

QV: if i were the councillor i'll have nekid statues of women all over the city!

STP: yeah its does look like my hair..down there!

yvy: thanz! ;)

suituapui said...

Gosh! Wuching! U had it straightened and dyed kah? Ha ha ha ha ha!

Wuching said...

STP: have to keep up wif fashion mah!

FH2O said...

this only serves to confirm that stewpig ppl also resides in Melbourne!

Wuching said...

fh2o: yes, me for instance!

Dabido said...

Depends if the art work goes up in value. When Gogh Witlam was prime Minister a lot of people thought he was an idiot for buying Jackson Pollacks, 'Blue Poles' for $1 Million. It's now worth somewhere between $100 Million and $300 Million (and rising).

So, buying art isn't bad if it is a proper work that will increase in value. It also makes the city scape original and interesting (or just down right ugly! lol)

So, will depend on how it looks in a few years ... but, the budget for art and stuff normally doesn't change too much. When the Federal Government gives grants for people to vomit milk (as an art form), you wonder though who is in charge of the art portfolios around the country. ;-)

I won't comment directly on Melbourne City coucils spending though, as I have no idea what they are doing. :-)

Wuching said...

dabido: i doubt these bunch of sticks will ever go up in price!

See Fei said...

no disrespect but diu...chicken feedlah. singapore nearly spend $450,000 to market and brand "Singapore Zoo" to "the wild". It seems developed countries got money to throw in the name of either brand name or not. Singapore is also spending a fortune to brand the marina bay area as "Marina Bay". Govt also spent $25,000 on an exercise to name our new budget terminal. Now our new budget terminal is called..budget terminal! WTF!!

Wuching said...

see fei: they should've just pay $20,000 for u to name it!