Friday Roundup: A Fat Cat Protest Pun Edition

Happy Friday, and welcome to another edition of the public art news roundup.

This week I got to vote for the first time in a state where the results aren’t a given ahead of time. I was already suffering a crisis of conscience that was put into high gear by this mind boggling bullshit last Friday and lasted all the way until I was face to face with my ballot. And then it turned out there wasn’t much of a contest after all. Anyway, only eight more months of this election!

Now to the roundup:

Australian officials argued over public art requirements for real estate developers, with one stating that “bureaucratic rationalisation of art … puts fear into every artistic bone in my body.”

Street artist Blu is destroying his own artwork to protest the Street Art: Banksy & Co exhibition, which he decried with the following:

This exhibition will embellish and legitimize the hoarding of art taken off the street, which is only going to please unscrupled [sic] collectors and merchants. After having denounced and criminalized graffiti as vandalism, after having oppressed the youth culture that created them, after having evacuated the places which functioned as laboratories for those artists, now Bologna’s powers-that-be pose as the saviors of street art.

One of Centre-fuge Public Art’s co-founders is leaving the project.

Romania’s government intends to buy an $11 million Brancusi sculpture that was confiscated by communist authorities in the 50s. The government will pay $5 million and expects the rest to come from donations from the public.

A positively miffed comms director for England’s House of Commons warned marketers not to project guerrilla advertisements onto Big Ben. “Lee Bridges offers some advice” is the brilliantly British understated subheadline.

Ukraine’s biggest Lenin statue is coming down.

Published a while ago but still worth some attention: NY Mag on the complete erasure of James Armistead Lafayette, a black man depicted in a Prospect Park statue alongside Marquis de Lafayette, from official information about that statue.

There’s a street artist in the U.K. whose medium is sand piles on construction sites. She recently carved a political protest pun – a fat cat munching on broccoli in south London’s Brockley – as a comment on gentrification there.

Featured Image: Zara Gaze sand sculpture. Source: Hyperallergic