Tuesday, August 15, 2006
"Cabbage Trees" - Another Controversial Sculpture
The issue was not so much the aesthetics or the cost of "Cabbege Trees", or even the merit of the artist Jeff Thomson, but the fact the commission was given to a Waitakere (North Island) man. Nelson sees itself as an arty city; many artists cannot support themselves on art alone; therefore, it was morally reprehensible for the City Council to not select a Nelson artist for this tax-paid commission at the side of thier office block. I think that was the controversy.
Notice the pink and blue rugby ball stuck in the gutter above the entrance.