Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Red Rabbit...Public Good? Public Bad?

We're currently talking public goods in our U.S. Government classes.   Okay, my students... what about public art?  And what about Sacramento's new giant red rabbit?


  1. In these difficult economic times, such expenditures can only be justified if the project puts a lot of people to work. I doubt a giant red rabbit did that. . .

  2. Fair enough, Izzy. But can art ever sufficiently uplift to justify its expenditure even during tough times and even if relatively few people were put to work creating and installing it. I think the magnificent Coit Tower murals in SF might have employed about 20 muralists (not even sure who was paid since they were faculty and students at the Calif School of Fine Arts). Yet it was a Public Works Art Project under the New Deal.