Originally Posted by roccerfeller
But art is what it is...its not exactly dollar store type of stuff if you want it done by professionals
plus what exactly would qualify as basic beauty? something like this could end up qualifying as such. Art adds to city feel, city vibe, and reduces the bland and boring factor. Winnipeg could use more art, you can't go wrong with it unless it sucks (and for the record I have not seen what this artwork will be like, so I don't know how good or bad it will be...but I am open to the idea)
Further, art will always have a higher up-front cost...but once that cost is paid, its paid. It doesn't (always) need regular maintenance like trees or other types of plants such as flowers where city worker fees are also involved in maintenance. I like greenery a lot, but it has its place. Its not going to be suited for every single area of the city, and Portage is a busy road with many intersections and turning junctions and whatnot. Putting certain types of greenery there would just not work the same way art would.
If done correctly, art can have a huge impact, and is another way to beautify something that lacks it.
I agree that overall more art is needed, which is why I love the Empty Vas thing at the Library, as well as the Plaza. But you must agree that art thrown on a heaving, chipping and crumbling sidewalk/boardwalk is similar to throwing paint on cracked drywall without mudding it first.
This sounds cliche but our downtown roads/sidewalks and boardwalks are in horrible shape. I am not saying they aren't doing anything about it, because they are. But this is what I meant when saying they should first start with the basics before trying to spruce it up to make it look good. Because when I see art on a crappy road, I see an attempt to hide something bad with a quick fix.
What they are doing on Market is great. They will be widening the sidewalk, putting new lighting/landscaping and resurfacing the road. I would first prefer that and once our downtown streets are in the shape of most downtown streets then I would be happy to see tons of art.
I am also not naive enough to suggest that all the downtown streets should be fixed, but the main routes should definitely be worked on. And I don't just mean a patch here and there. Downtowns provide the biggest impression on the welfare of a city, and when patches are thrown down rather than proper fixes, it looks bad on us.
I do however agree that the city would look better with more art. Personally one of the things Winnipeg should also continue to pride itself on and pursue is our Mural art! It is a great way to spruce up the buildings and make them more interesting.
I have a question as well. This morning on the way to work I saw two people in a span of a minute throw down their butts and just leave them on the sidewalk, The first of which made sure to spit on his - He was a business man as well. Does someone have to be part of a program to do clean up of litter and butts downtown? Or would I be able to go myself and do a clean up if I wanted to? If so, is anyone else interested in doing some volunteering downtown? It would be cool to get people out cleaning, just as regular citizens showing people that it is good to care. Anyone interested?