What’s it worth to ya?

wooster 7 September 2011 16

In light of the new exhibition at the NGA and the good news from the War Memorial, the question must be asked:

In the case of a major loss to one of Canberra’s major cultural institutions, what is the Cth gov’t to do? Should they re-build in the case of the destruction of the venerated National Library?; should they replace in the case the (highly controversial, at the time) Blue Poles were to be lost? should a lost VC be re-bought in the case of damage?

To those currently employed in said institutions, a false pessimism might overcome you, but fear not; this is the perfect opportunity to canvass the local community’s appetite for replacement and/or further development of the current stock, in light of the tight fiscal budget in which we all operate.

Over to you Rioters, and please, no parallels to ACT arts projects please…

Pip pip,

Betram (always on your side) W. Wooster

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16 Responses to What’s it worth to ya?
Wily_Bear Wily_Bear 2:30 am 08 Sep 11

I read this as an attempt to stimulate a dialogue on the economic value Canberrans place on the social capital of our cultural institutions and the collections they contain. I imagine this is a vexed question, particularly for those who are charged with seeking funding for these institutions within a broader context of economic belt tightening.For instance, while most of us would profess support for the War Memorial or National library, would this support extend to spending $15,000000 (random figure) on a painting to replace Blue Poles, or $50,000 to for a rare manuscript to rebuild a collection?
Then again,  and I am rather feverish with flu at the moment, and quite without the benefit of a G &T or other substance to provide clarity on this one, perhaps the OP would like to enlighten us further ?

Athryn Athryn 3:43 pm 07 Sep 11

If I’m reading this correctly, I’d say around $2 p.a and put the extra money into things that require the money more urgently.

Deref Deref 2:54 pm 07 Sep 11

MonarchRepublic said :

EvanJames said :




00davist 00davist 2:33 pm 07 Sep 11

This hurts my brain!

EvanJames said :



The Frots said :

I need some really serious drugs to understand this one.


Mothy Mothy 2:29 pm 07 Sep 11

Possibly relevant post made on same day by same poster suggests Gin and Tonic involved?

Waiting For Godot Waiting For Godot 2:20 pm 07 Sep 11

Eh? Is the one world government planning to take exhibits from the national institutions? Is there some secret conspiracy to stop us seeing them? Or is there yet another underworked, bludging pube with nothing better to do than clog this site with silly, irrelevant nonsense. Methinks the latter.

luther_bendross luther_bendross 2:19 pm 07 Sep 11

Reading that post I couldn’t help but think of this guy

EvanJames EvanJames 2:13 pm 07 Sep 11

Maybe he’s been reading The Monster Who Ate Canberra and thinks it’s a history book.

Calamity Calamity 2:06 pm 07 Sep 11

I keep reading it over and over again hoping to break the code… nup, still don’t get it.

creative_canberran creative_canberran 12:50 pm 07 Sep 11

Weirdest post in recent memory (with the exception of anything by Mr G).

I don’t think the poster knows how things work in the world. If Blue Poles were lost, you can’t just “replace” it, it’s unique. Same with a VC, you can’t “buy” them.

These institutions and what they hold are insured, and visiting exhibitions are covered by Art Indemnity Australia (who have covered around $12billion worth of exhibits since 1979).

But seriously, WTF is this post trying to say?

Jethro Jethro 12:48 pm 07 Sep 11

What everyone else said.

cubicle01 cubicle01 12:33 pm 07 Sep 11

MonarchRepublic said :

EvanJames said :




The Frots The Frots 12:12 pm 07 Sep 11

I need some really serious drugs to understand this one.

MonarchRepublic MonarchRepublic 12:11 pm 07 Sep 11

EvanJames said :



carnardly carnardly 12:10 pm 07 Sep 11

what major loss to one of Canberra’s major cultural institutions are you talking about?

EvanJames EvanJames 11:50 am 07 Sep 11


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