Inferior Department: Government Art Abuse Exposed!
By Steven Goss
Whenever the government seeks funding for the arts, everybody feels their
opinion on the subject is needed. It doesn't matter if they're a politician,
priest or candlestick maker, they'll dig out their two cents. And, after
the funds are doled out, they'll forget all about it. They didn't want
to look at the art anyway. But what if someone did? Did you ever think
about what happens to the art after it's completed? We did. And what we
found out may shock you!
It's not surprising that most pieces end up in government buildings or
offices. What is surprising is after they're installed, they're treated
like Happy Meal swag. Office employees use the artworks to decorate their
cubicles, offices, or in some cases, their homes. Consider the blatant
misuse of some art the Interior Department uncovered in their own building
in 1990. James R. Richards, the inspector general of the interior department
at the time, reported 357 pieces from their collection had gone missing
or been used inappropriately. When works weren't taken outright they were
used as flarephenalia. Department employees made trash cans and planters
out of fragile Apache baskets and used rare Navaho rugs as doormats, making
Jesse Helm's abuse of funded art seem tame in comparison.
So are your tax dollars still being used to create costly office supplies?
Shockingly, the answer is yes! During our intense undercover investigation
on this subject, ARTless obtained several videotapes from security cameras
located inside the Interior Department building. The images from these
tapes prove that little has changed since Richard's first report of misuse.