Tuesday it was revealed that Cambridge, Mass. is handing out new parking tickets that feature yoga poses in order to calm disgruntled recipients. I can only assume the project is publicly-funded (It is brought to us by the Cambridge Arts Council, whose website says it was "established by City ordinance in 1974 and incorporated as a public non-profit in 1976"). But I thought I would dig a little deeper. That's when I ran across Lillian Hsu, who is from the Cambridge Arts Council.
In an interview with NPR, Miss Hsu seems to brush off those who don't support the project:
Oh, that's just one of the ranges of reactions. Some people are going to be irate. Some people are going to be really confused. You know, there's the whole gamut, and we're very used to these kinds of ranges of responses to public artwork that really kind of asks these questions.
Irate? Possibly. Maybe because some might find it a questionable use of funds. But confused? I can't help but think Miss Hsu is trying to plant the seed that those who don't support public art projects really just don't "get" them.