Thursday, September 16, 2010

It's as if government doesn't understand irony

***PUBLIC ART OPPORTUNITY, Portland, Oregon***
RACC invites multidisciplinary artist teams in visual, performing, literary and/or media arts to submit qualifications for an intersections project with the Multnomah County Bridge Section which operates six bridges that cross the Willamette River in the Portland area. The budget for the project is $25,000. Artists are encouraged to create work in any media that highlights/comments upon some aspect of the bridges in general, be it real, imaginary or metaphorical, while going beyond strictly literal representation or documentation.

This is actually excellent news for people who cross the crumbling Sellwood bridge because when it collapses with you on it you can claim that you were "performing art" when you fell into the river and collect your $25K of tax dollars.

The priorities in Portland go as follows:

1. Build a new bridge across the Columbia? LOW
2. Repair the unsafe Sellwood bridge? LOW
3. Spend taxpayer dollars making art about bridges? HIGH
4. Raising taxes? HIGH

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