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RE: About the Gates/Mixed Emotions

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From: Leslie Miller (zandeerae_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Feb 13 2005 - 06:55:49 PST


The "cappucino" comes after Sunday Morning on CBS.

I can't comprehend the amounts of money of the Trumps or the superbowl or
our politicians. I just hide them behind a "screen" so I don't get too
upset. What's understandable is the way my town treats teachers and then
gives it's corrupt heads anything they want from the manager right down to
the superintendent of schools. That hits home.

Wish I were more on the ball, I would have volunteered to work on The Gates.
Oh well, the next one. Christo and Jean Claude will be in Boston later this
spring and I have tickets. For now I'll be a tourist next Saturday.

Les

Leslie Miller
Fountain Street Studios
Framingham, MA

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From: Nnaell@aol.com [mailto:Nnaell@aol.com]
Sent: Sunday, February 13, 2005 8:14 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: About the Gates/Mixed Emotions

I think it is a good point...however...you actually solved the question
yourself. Look at the millions (many more than 21) that will come into NYC
over
the next 2 weeks...also look at the jobs created...the art brought to those
who
would not be able to go visit an installation like this. Also...one thing
that I thought was so sad. There was a quote from a school child, a little
girl,
who had come with her classmates to see the opening. She said (and this is
paraphrased) "What a waste of money, but it is pretty too look at."

Do we ever ask these same questions about something like the Super Bowl. It
cost a lot more than 21 million to put on the Super Bowl...as
sporting/entertainment event. Or a Rock concert? I wonder if you put the
number of
visitors....who will see this exhibit for free.....x the cost...it is
possible it might
come out to a $1 or so per person? Also look at what Cristo is doing...the
money comes from exactly where you are saying, his proceeds from his career
over the years...so he is giving back to those who have been his patrons.
He
isn't buying a 21 million dollar house, or a yacht or having a wild birthday
party...he is giving it back. How can it be a waste? That is my take..but
of
course...because it is art...folks will ask the same question...while they
would
never think to question those other things.

Good to use one's brain on a Sunday AM! Now...where's the cappucino!!!

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