Has Stanhope gone mad!

Pandy 19 December 2007 18

I was scrolling through the development applications on the ACTPLA website (I like to see how the rich live in Forrest) when I encountered these gems of further examples of public artwork that uber-meister Stanhope will be installing around Canberra.


We are talking more than $310,000 here folks for what amouts to paper mache like “art” which I don’t at all like.

Is Stanhope crying poor, raising water rates, installing a utilities tax, upping every other charge you can think of gone bonkers with power? When will we be seeing the Colossus of Canberra installed on Northbourne Avenue. I hope when and if it does the artist depicts him with some big balls for squandering our taxers thus.

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18 Responses to Has Stanhope gone mad!
mojo filter mojo filter 2:42 pm 20 Dec 07

sepi, the ACT does fork out for a state galley. It is called the Canberra Museum and Gallery, located in the north Building on London Circuit. We also pay for a number of smaller facilities such as the Nolan Gallery, Lanyon and Mugga Mugga Homesteads, Calthorpes House, the Canberra Glassworks and a whole host of Arts Centres including Gorman House, Ainslie, Watson, Strathnairn, etc.

Now on top of all that we have to pay for a black toilet seat in West Row …..

Sammy Sammy 9:44 am 20 Dec 07

I don’t disagree with public art. But the number of public artworks that have been commissioned in the last year or two seems abnormally high. Stanhope’s last stand?

Pandy Pandy 12:23 am 20 Dec 07

Colossus of Canberra with big balls, i would support.

sepi sepi 8:36 pm 19 Dec 07

Every state spends on art. We are lucky in a way that the National Gallery is here, so the ACT govt doesn’t have to fork out for a state gallery.

Bring on the public art!

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 7:21 pm 19 Dec 07

It’s all part of the mix. I doubt any of this stuff would appeal to me, but I guess School or Art graduates have to make a living so let ’em at it.

I’r rather have public art to bitch about than the bottomless pit that is the public health system – I just can’t believe people would have the cheek to actually complain about a middle-class welfare gravy-train like public hospitals!

Vic Bitterman Vic Bitterman 7:12 pm 19 Dec 07

This latest development proves clearly that stanhope has lost the plot.

How can any sane Canberran approve of him squandering our precious taxes again, and again, and again on absolute meaningless rubbish like this?

andym andym 2:25 pm 19 Dec 07

Hmmm – I must admit I have wondered, given the odd decisions that Stanhope has been making, if possibly he has suffered a nervous breakdown….!?

dmac dmac 12:23 pm 19 Dec 07

smart a$$ 🙂

Snahons_scv6_berlina Snahons_scv6_berlina 12:05 pm 19 Dec 07

Clearly you have too much free time Skid…

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 12:02 pm 19 Dec 07

Then and than are words with different meanings and usages.
They are not even homophones.

Then is used as a a time marker or as part of a sequence of events.
After Mad John is finished spending taxpayer funds on bizarre artwork, he should then continue spending money on a dragway.

Than is comparative, and should be used when contrasting two subjects.
I would much prefer to see taxpayer funds used on A) bizarre artwork than on B) a dragway.

dmac dmac 11:48 am 19 Dec 07

*meh* rather see our money spent on that then a drag way.

ligno ligno 11:21 am 19 Dec 07

As a bureaucrat responsible for infrastructure in NSW I understand the arguments about costs and underfunding of “basics”.

As they say man does not live by bread alone and it is good to see that Canberra will benefit from some higher level aspirations – even if I don’t necessarily like what’s shown in the plans.

barking toad barking toad 10:18 am 19 Dec 07

How can I argue skiddie – perfect fit.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 10:12 am 19 Dec 07

Mad: adj, n, verb.
4. extremely foolish or unwise; imprudent; irrational

If the shoe fits, I propose we make Stanhope wear it.

barking toad barking toad 10:00 am 19 Dec 07

Stanhope’s probably not ‘mad’ in the usually accepted sense.

‘Not fit for public office’ would be a better description.

An embarrassment as a local politician.

Sammy Sammy 9:51 am 19 Dec 07

I personally don’t have a problem with public artwork, and I voted for Sonic at the last election, but i’m starting to think that he may have lost the plot.

VYBerlinaV8 VYBerlinaV8 9:46 am 19 Dec 07

Considering we are on the edge of global recession, and have a lot of infrastructure issues, this is a complete waste of money. At times like this we should be pulling our belt in and sticking to the basics.

Thumper Thumper 9:14 am 19 Dec 07

Stonehenge, a small concorde on a stick, and a black toilet seat?

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