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EJ
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[url=http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=114285&ac=PHnws]"On the turnpike: Sit, stay, be impressed"[/url]

"Artist William Wegman has created three murals of his Weimaraner dogs for turnpike service plazas.

But Aaron welcomed the opportunity Thursday to see a mural by a world-famous photographer unveiled at a Maine Turnpike service plaza -- hung right between a sign for Starbucks coffee and another for Hershey's ice cream.

The authority is paying Wegman $102,000 for the works. "

Your Toll Money at work for you, I wish the state paid for the photographs they use on the Maine Website, but heck, let's pay 102 Large for some photographs on a mural.

Is this a good use of Toll money?

EJ

Naran
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Of course it isn't, EJ. It's part of that stupid, mandatory Percent for Art program that says so much of any one public building amount has to be spent on some lame art project or other.

How about some nice murals of Maine lighthouses, or landscapes that represent Maine? Dogs? Why? Who the heck wants to look at giant Weimeraners when they come to Maine??

Stupidity deluxe, ala mode.
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EJ
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I know, this is kind of crazy. Toll money being spent like this, and when we have many talented photographers who do landscapes, and show Maine Icons.

I think this project is as stinky as the Turnpike authority going out to diner with a lobyist.

EJ

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[quote="Naran"], mandatory Percent for Art program :[/quote]

Now there's a law politicians could campaign against.

Dan Billings
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I do not agree with the percent for art program.

That said, I think these photos will get more attention than typical Maine scenes that you see everywhere.

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I have some art I would like to sell to the Turnpike. Where to I submit my proposal? :wink:

Naran
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Rep. Lindell - are your photos of a giant Schnauzer? Because if they're not, gosh, I'm sorry, but no Milk Bone for you.
:wink:

Dan - I usually agree with you, but not in this case. Kennebunk is most often one of the first rest areas a tourist sees. What better to whet their adventurous spirit than a commanding view of the cliffs in Bar Harbor? Do we want our visitors to go as far as possible in our state (spreading their joy, and dollars, forthwith), or to stop off at the nearest puppy kennel, and pick up a new version of Bowser?

Think about it.

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Nothing says "Maine" like a NY calendar artist whose work was passe five years ago.

1Maine1lostcause
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[url]http://mainearts.maine.gov/public/percent/index.shtml[/url]

[quote]Since 1979 there have been more than 400 Percent for Art projects, resulting in the purchase or commissioning of over 1,300 works of art. State buildings account for 20% of the total. University and Community College projects account for an additional 20 percent. Public schools account for the remaining 60 percent. Public school participation is optional, and has increased from 14 percent in 1979 to consistently more than 90 percent over the past 15 years.

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Punk
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Has anyone seen the renovated DOT building? Take a stroll through its hallowed halls sometime to see how 'PoA' created what passes for 'art'. :roll:

My favorite quote about art (don't know who said it): "I may not know [i]art[/i], but I know what I hate"

Mike Travers
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I maintain that, if it doesn't involve bodily fluids, it ain't art.

Naran
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[i]"Public school participation is optional,"[/i]??? This is sure news to me. Not how it was presented here, in two brand-new schools. We were told we HAD to participate.

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Hey, here's a better idea--get rid of school sports. Or even just hockey. If we stop renting ice time at rinks @$300 an hour, just think of how many works of art we can subsidize. And if we get rid of football? The sky's the limit! Every citizen can have their own private work of art commisioned, AND get property tax relief! How about that?

BlueJay
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Hey, I've got some really great photos of my two dogs, and I'll [i]donate [/i]them for the plaza murals! [b]I wonder how many rural rest areas could have stayed open with that $102K? [/b]
Who is running the show down there?!!! :x

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Narran,
This is scary. I agree with you for a change.

EJ
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Hey Maine Law Makers Why dont you make this Law so it HAS TO SUPPORT MAINE ART?

I would have no problem if my 'Art' was licensed.

I do not like to license work to the government, because they try to take my rights, but if I were given 106 LARGE I would be a little more happy.

Now, that is great, I have to get into this Manditory Art business, and start marketing to Builders to include my work.

Just wonder when the request for bids goes out, how they do, or does some Twit in a Beany say lets get a Dogs snout up there.

EJ

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Photos of Pit Bulls?

Naran
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Unionman - stick around, and we'll have you voting R in no time. You wouldn't be the first, and you won't be the last.
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Naran
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Rep. Lindell - how about photos of pit bulls mangling Maine folks who neglect to pay their Usury Taxes? Put one of those next to the "Snack Wisely" signs at the turnpike rest stops, and I bet state revenues would go up 25% in one year.
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[quote="Naran"][i]"Public school participation is optional,"[/i]??? This is sure news to me. Not how it was presented here, in two brand-new schools. We were told we HAD to participate.[/quote]

[size=18][/size][b][i]DITTO![/i][/b]

Calvin
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it should have been a picture of a dragon,
That is if it really is a dragon,
and not just a large lizard.

Money, raised by taxes, paid by Maine people, and you want it spent on Maine art?
Please! Don't try to show common sence. It confuses Augusta. ( now there's a dragon!)

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How about pictures of a state road crew where everyone is hard at work, and not one person is leaning on a shovel! Now that's art!

I've never heard of the % art program, but it's so dumb it has to be a true government program. That rates right up there with the mandatory "fine arts" classes for college grads no matter what they're taking.

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