There’s Half a Million Dollars Saved!

April 21, 2011

 Apparently the U.S. Army finally came to its senses. The project of erecting a horrendously eyeball-maiming statue of a 10-foot fairy riding on a giant gurgling toad at a bus depot at a military facility has been scrapped. Thankfully. Not only is this a piece of “art” that likely would likely induce screaming nightmares in small children, but the $600,000 pricetag should have told the Army it was a very bad idea in the first place.

As announced yesterday by U.S. New and World Reports,

The Army, under public and congressional attack for a $600,000 plan to dress up a bus depot at a new military facility near Washington with three pieces of art, such as a 10 foot-tall fairy riding a gurgling toad, has scrapped the project. Instead, it will go with a simple plan to “enhance the aesthetics” of a concrete wall at the new Mark Center in Alexandria, Va.  

Amazingly enough, the artist, Cheryl Foster, described her piece and its inspiration thusly:

“A 10-foot fairy, using an American Toad as ‘transportation,’ scurries to the entrance of the station. The interior of the toad is illuminated and the sounds of nature emanate from his throat.”

She claims to be inspired by nature–you know, giant fairies and illuminated toads, all that really natural stuff. 

Honestly, only in the DC area (or perhaps Manhattan or San Francisco) would people think that this was an attractive way to decorate a bus station, and would believe that the pricetag was reasonable. On the other hand, limousine liberals don’t generally frequent bus stations, so why would they care anyway?

I’d pay good money not to have to see it.