It is corrupt when you are trusted …and you violate that trust. We trust our government with our money and to spend it wisely. This is not illegal — this is a reckless disregard for you and for me and for everyone else. It is particularly callous towards the hard working Americans just scraping by — trying to feed families, education children etc. and paying taxes.
This spending (below) upsets me — spending all this money on art to beat the end of the fiscal year. With all the hardship for so many Americans — including putting food on the table and getting healthcare — taxpayer money is spent like this? Really?
Who ok’d this?
If we have extra money, I would have liked to see the money spent on greater security for our diplomats at our Embassies in dangerous parts of the world.
One piece of art alone was one million dollars for the US Embassy in London.
I just don’t get it…
State Department Buys Million Dollar Granite Sculpture from Irish-Born Artist
December 3, 2013 10:52 AM
At the end of September, the federal government’s fiscal year was drawing to a close, the threat of a shut down was increasing, and the State Department was shopping for art. Four contracts were awarded in the last two weeks of September, including $1,000,000 for a granite sculpture by Irish-born artist Sean Scully to be installed at the new U.S. Embassy in London. Notice of the awards was posted Sunday afternoon of Thanksgiving weekend on the Federal Business Opportunities website.
The remaining three awards include a bronze sculpture, “Flowers”, by American artist Donald Baechler ($150,000), for the new U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan; a mosaic mural by Miotto Mosaic Art Studio in Carmel, NY ($150,000), for the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil; and a work entitled “The Black Arch” by Saudi Arabian writer Raja Alem and artist Shadia Alem, for the new U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
When asked for comment on the contract awards, a State Department official provided the intended destinations for the artwork, as well as the following statement:
The Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies curates permanent and temporary exhibitions for U.S. embassy and consulate facilities. For the past five decades Art in Embassies has played a leading role