Tuesday, July 25, 2017
WILL $105K WORTH OF KANSAS CITY TAXPAYER FUNDED PUBLIC ART HELP LINWOOD SHOPPING CENTER REDEVELOPMENT SUCCEED???
City Hall is looking for enterprising artists to help inspire a sketchy grocery store project that's already in debt and teetering on the brink of FAIL before it's doors are first opened.
To wit . . .
FEAR THIS EXPENSIVE PUBLIC ART RFP THAT OFFERS INSIGHT INTO THE LOFTY IDEALS AND SKETCHY FINANCING OF THIS KANSAS CITY FOODIE FAIL IN THE MAKING!!!
The whole point of this project is a guilt-trip City Hall social engineering experiment that wants to create a suburban style food mecca in the urban core. This ideas is ridiculous on many fronts but the mere cost of the public art offers a preview of the impending shut down because most suburban grocery stores are HIDEOUS WAREHOUSES . . . People don't go to grocery stores to be inspired by art, they just get their chips, sugar, corn and assorted dips along with a few veggies to throw away later in the week . . . And they don't look back.
Once again, this is KCMO competing in a biz with a TINY profit margin run by merciless mega corporations who invented the ruthless grocery store game that's slowly killing most Americans.
So, don't be surprised when this thing closes down with much less fanfare.
On the bright side, for now, here's a chance for an artist to strike it rich at local taxpayer expense.
PUBLIC ART REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ) Linwood Shopping Center
ESTIMATED PUBLIC ART PROJECT BUDGET: $105,000
DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTALS: July 28, 2017
Linwood Boulevard/31st Street at Prospect Avenue has long been a key cultural and economic center for the residents and businesses along the Prospect Corridor and adjacent neighborhoods . . .
Thus, it is with this history and legacy in mind that the proposed artwork captures and offers an image of that history and legacy but also connects to a future of hope, of growth, and of “what can be.” In addition to its inevitability, this redevelopment should be conveyed by the artists symbolically as well connecting the past with the future. In conjunction, there is sentiment by the redevelopers, the City and some residents that rebranding from the old “Linwood Shopping Center” to something new and different is desirable. So, each proposer is encouraged to consider a rebranding (suggested name change) with the artwork.
Artwork for this project will be commissioned through Municipal Art Commission. Artists will coordinate work with city staff, and the design team. The estimated budget for artwork and all related art project costs is $105,000.
More info here . . .
You decide . . .