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Phoenix AZ considers canceling Janet Echelman project


Sarah Hutt forwarded along this link to an article about Boston-based artist Janet Echelman's troubles down in Phoenix. Although the city has dedicated $2.4M for a large-scale public art piece, which the article describes as "a floating jellyfish", the city has considered canceling it because they are afraid it "will reignite debate over what's proper public art."

This paragraph, though, really sums things up:

Mayor Phil Gordon said in a statement the art work was "not a lot of return" for $2.4 million, saying the piece would only withstand the elements for a decade.

Check out more of Janet Echelman's work at her website.

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Matthew Nash is the founder of Big Red & Shiny. He is Associate Professor of Photography and New Media at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and was the 2011-12 Chair of the University Faculty Assembly. Nash is half of the artist collaborative Harvey Loves Harvey, who are currently represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston and have exhibited in numerous venues since 1992.

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