Public Art Attack: Look, It's Good for Tourism
|Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau|
|Is Pioneer Plaza really "the best example" of Dallas's "iconic public art projects"?|
And, speaking of council committees, I see that the Budget, Finance & Audit Committee is getting a lesson this morning on the City of Dallas Public Art Program -- as in, when it started (the Public Art Ordinance was passed September 14, 1988), how it's implemented, who's responsible for setting the criteria, how many works have been installed since '88 (78 commissioned, 25 donated), how many are on the horizon, and their benefits (as in, "Essential for Good Urban Design" and "Economic Advantage" and job creation and "Cultural Tourism"). Take that, Mitchell Rasansky.
To that point about tourism, says the briefing, "Iconic public art projects become destinations for visitors to the City [and] in Dallas, the best example is the Pioneer Plaza steers, which are frequently the site of tour bus stops and photo ops." Now, from The Flashback Machine, this January 17, 1994, article from The New York Times about the fight over "the largest bronze cow sculpture on the planet" and whether Trammell Crow's brainchild should have been in downtown Dallas in the first place. Best out-of-context quote? Take it away, Bob Stimson: "To some people, buffing some brown cows is a priority. To me, it's not."