Friday, April 1, 2011

Pentagon’s $600,000 Gurgling Toad Sculpture

lexandria, Virginia - A $600,000 frog sculpture that lights up, gurgles “sounds of nature” and carries a 10-foot fairy girl on its back could soon be greeting Defense Department employees who plan to start working at the $700 million Mark Center in Alexandria, Va. this fall. Only 2,500 will see the artwork every day as they use the bus transfer station at the Mark Center. According to the Corps, the artwork was the city’s idea. A city official, however, said that Alexandria officials didn’t demand art, but just asked that public artwork be included in the structure. What’s more, the official said that the $600,000 is federal money, and that no Alexandria funds will pay for the art.  More…