From the Canberra Times”
Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has labelled people opposed to public art as ”rednecks” and ”philistines” as the Government gears up for another costly installation.
A development application has been lodged for new public art on the corner of Rudd and Moore streets in Civic, outlining two pieces called Blue Sky Shard and Magenta Fold.
Mr Stanhope said yesterday he anticipated some Canberrans would be opposed to the artwork, which cost the ACT Government $400,000. ”I expect people that are genuinely redneck or have philistine-type instincts to continue to rail against it, but I’m absolutely committed to it,” he said.
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Thank God that Stanhope has fixed everything else in the ACT, desperately requiring public funds. So much so that we can afford to blow cash on public art instead of hospital beds, better roads, et al.