To the editor,
Public art should at times represent, educate, commemorate, articulate and symbolize but it should always inspire.
With all due respect to the artist, the "new" sculpture in front of the North End Library on Gottingen fails at all levels.
What was the jury thinking and why did this competition fail so miserably? The very last thing the north end needs to represent or inspire is an image of decay---a rusting, metallic monolith with now barely legible script and some mounted figures trying desperately to escape. As a resident of the north end, I can only dream of what might have been. This piece does not represent the people of the north end well and speaks badly of Halifax in general.
The commissioning of meaningful and beautiful public art is an extremely important process. The lack of responsible, critical perspective, defines mediocrity.
HRM needs to develop a public art policy and better competition guidelines to prevent such a mistake from happening again. Other cities have policies to enable accomplished artists to express creativity, achieving memorable and inspiring works of public art.
Why can't we?
By --Scott Smith