We have a new piece of temporary art in Penn Valley Park. Since I drive this route to and from work each day I originally thought I would show the progress of this piece. But I will not be displaying the progress of this piece. As I drive by each day I realize what a waste of money this project is and wonder who is paying the bill. This piece by John Salvest contains 105 shipping containers stacked 7 high and 15 across. Each shipping container is carried to the park on it's own semi. This installation started with the park's sod being pulled up and fencing put on the grounds. The shipping containers will spell out "IOU USA". I know the price of gas is climbing again and semi's do not get great gas mileage, then there is the crane, workers, cost of shipping containers, and then the removal of all the containers and repair of the grounds. I think if Salvest was wanting to make a statement about the economy why is he wasting so much money. Couldn't he have found a better way to use the money, perhaps to help those in need.
I am quite fond of art and usually do not voice my opinion on my blog but this project causes my blood to boil.