Beauty in the Public Square

I must say that I’m sympathetic to RI State Council on the Arts Director Randall Rosenbaum’s point regarding arts in the public square:

Artists and advocates such as Rosenbaum emphasize that art is not just about being obviously beautiful; it’s also about opening the people’s eyes to new interpretations of beauty.

I happen to think that the public square would be much edified by a beautiful artistic interpretation of the Trinity.

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Greg
Greg
13 years ago

I like all kinds of art. I just don’t want to pay for it. Musicians get day jobs as teachers and carpenters to feed their face when their art can’t. Why do ‘artists’ get to be bohemian all day every day and make the taxpayers fund their art?

Monique
Editor
13 years ago

Justin, stop trying to make trouble. You know that real art can only be secular.

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
13 years ago

Monique-I hate to say you’re wrong,but religious symbols can appear in publicly funded art-with one proviso-they must be defaced or ridiculed.

rhody
rhody
13 years ago

Hey, let’s impose a state religion while we’re at it.

OldTimeLefty
13 years ago

Hey Justin,
There are so many trinities, which did you have in mind? Here are a few suggestions: Krishna, Shiva and Vishnu; Marx, Engels and Hegel; Lambert, Hendricks and Ross; Socrates, Plato and Aristotle; Moe, Larry and Curly; Hegge, Parsley and Robertson; Tinkers, Evers and Chance; Abraham, Jesus and Mohammed.
OldTimeLefty

Greg
Greg
13 years ago

OTL,
I think I’d be interested in seeing that gallery show.
“The Trinity” now at RISD.

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
13 years ago

I’d go for an exhibit of “The Heroic Trio”-Maggie Cheung,Michelle Yeoh,and Anita Mui :))
OTL-Okay,I’ll bite-who are Lambert, Hendricks,and Ross?Sounds like personal injury lawyers.

OldTimeLefty
13 years ago

Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross were a jazz vocalist group circa late ’50’s or early 60’s. Try this for a treat.
OTL

0ldTimeLefty
13 years ago

P.S.
Joe,
Cheung,Yeoh,and Mui are nice additions to the pantheon. You got me on that one!
OTL

Tim
Tim
13 years ago

Justin,
If you’re up in Warwick some night (Rt 2) swing by the Kent Count courthouse. The beauty of the public square is lit up like a Vegas casino 24/7. It’s a wonder those poor birds can sleep at all. lol
Talk about wasted taxpayer dollars. Crazy Frank W says the Vegas lighting is about security. Exactly who is trying to break I-N-T-O a courthouse?

Tim
Tim
13 years ago

Rhody,
Rhode Island already has state sponsored religion and atop it sits a Trinity: the state job~the state pension check~the low number license plate.
Where have you been? lol

cosmo
cosmo
13 years ago

Justin
Not on my Dime, please

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
13 years ago

OTL-well,nice to be non-political for a change-I am surprised I didn’t know the jazz people-I was a big jazz fan in that period_ iactually had some schoolmates whose fathers were well known-Kenny Dorham,who played with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers,had two daughters,Leslie and Keturah who were in high school with me,as well as Shelton Hemphill’s son,Barry.hemphill played with Ellington.His son went on to be the Sergeant Major of the US Army Band.I got to see a lot of the great jazz musicians when it cost next to nothing.One night Coltrane was playing in this small joint and in walks Roland Kirk wearing his collection of horns and it was quite a scene.

OldTimeLefty
13 years ago

Joe
We grew up together separately as far as jazz goes. Nice R.I. connection for you! I caught Coltrane while I as in the Army in Washington, D.C. – greatest music night I ever experienced. While I was in college I was involved in recording street singers and musicians in the Philadelphia area. Love dem blues.
OTL

Monique
Editor
13 years ago

“Not on my Dime, please”
Actually, cosmo, that’s the sentiment of many about publicly funded art. Especially in Rhode Island, where we are running a half billion dollar deficit despite being the fourth highest taxed state and local governments are horrified at the thought of a level tax rate, never mind a tax cut. (Whoops, someone talk them off the ledge.)

rhody
rhody
13 years ago

Sorry Tim, I only have one (the two-number, two-letter license plate I inherited from my grandfather, who got it 85 years ago). Even those became gold long before the state changed the plate numbering system.
He had no political connections I know of – I don’t think he even bothered voting.
My uncle was given a two-number POW plate after returning from Italy during WWII.

Phil
Phil
13 years ago

Garlic, onion, & peppers.

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