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Pink Sculpture Stirs Debate About the 'Public' In 'Public Art'

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Long Island City residents aren't thrilled with the design of a new public art installation chosen for display on the median at Jackson and 43rd avenues. The statue, which some residents have begun referring to as "Gumby's grandmother" and "pink poop," is being commissioned by the city as part of its Percent for Art initiative. The outcry over the statue has lead to a larger debate over the public's role in creating a more inclusive process in choosing public art. "In the big picture, we'd like to look at best practices nationally to determine whether it makes sense to revisit the law comprehensively," the city's commissioner of cultural affairs told the Times of a city bill that's being drafted to create a more inclusive process.
· Outcry Over Pink Sculpture Intersects With Broader Questions in Long Island City [NYT]
· Neighborhood Beefs archives [Curbed]