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State Department defends $1 million
sculpture for London embassy

Fox News, by Staff

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Posted By:JoniTx, 12/8/2013 2:08:19 PM

The State Department on Friday defended its decision to commission a $1 million sculpture for the American embassy in London just days before the partial government shutdown in October. The department awarded the contract for the granite sculpture to Sean Scully, an Irish-born American artist, as part of its Art in Embassies program, which curates exhibitions for American embassy and consulate facilities. "Like much of the art purchased by this program, this piece was purchased under the market price after considerable negotiation with both the artist and the gallery. This is an important part of our diplomatic presence overseas," spokeswoman

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: The Advocate, 12/8/2013 2:18:04 PM     (No. 9645558)

Hilary denied more Security for Ambassador Stevens citing cuts- yet spent money on foreign born artist sculpture.booze, travel and green energy fraud in Austria.
State is infested with bureaucrats who have forgotten they represent AMERICA and American interests - not foreigners and Huma Abedin´s Muslim Brotherhood terrorists.
Benghazi ghosts hover over this WH and Hilary - the Butcher of Benghazi.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: pinger, 12/8/2013 2:22:46 PM     (No. 9645563)

There is no legitimate defense. Our nation is awash in red ink; we borrow a million dollars from China to buy this??? We American taxpayers are dupes.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: janylou, 12/8/2013 2:34:12 PM     (No. 9645573)

So no money for security, but we have money to waste on a sculptor?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Fireball27, 12/8/2013 2:37:18 PM     (No. 9645576)

We should be getting all our "art" for next to nothing from the High Schools and Universities we already fund. The artists should be happy to have their donated work selected for government uses, which will give the artist recognition and a name to market.
I´ve said this for a long time. High School students´ art should be all over our state and local buildings, including our airports. Spending huge amounts of money for art is uncalled for and should stop.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: TexasAllTheWay, 12/8/2013 2:53:43 PM     (No. 9645589)

It just sickens me to see the money spent on unnecessary items when we are in such bad shape, and all the while they´re yammering for more, more, and yet more taxes, want to extend unemployment to some people who have received them for almost 6 years, etc., not to say the junkets taken by our Congress. Why is it necessary for a whole contingent to go to Mandela´s funeral? The bottom line is coming, and it ain´t gonna be pretty.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: JAN, 12/8/2013 3:16:11 PM     (No. 9645609)

And yet the WWII Memorial had to be shut down and national parks who depended upon tourism were closed.

There will be special place in hell for this president.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Polecat49, 12/8/2013 3:19:30 PM     (No. 9645612)

Once again, the obama administration has figured a way to tell American Citizens to go to H-LL.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Patchy groundfog, 12/8/2013 3:27:31 PM     (No. 9645619)

A trifling compared to Hillary´s $3.4 million tab for Tanqueray and mixers.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: birddog, 12/8/2013 3:32:51 PM     (No. 9645624)

Here is some representative examples of his Stylistic Mastery...http://artstormer.com/2011/01/12/unblock-me/

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Reply 10 - Posted by: JoniTx, 12/8/2013 3:53:22 PM     (No. 9645639)

And, here´s a link to the story in the Daily Mail, UK, complete with photographs:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2517666/US-State-Department-spends-1-MILLION-single-granite-sculpture-decorate-new-embassy-London.html

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Reply 11 - Posted by: judy, 12/8/2013 5:17:09 PM     (No. 9645706)

Gee last week they spent $180,000 on liquor, what a waste of a department. The military deserves these $$$$ not the liberal state department.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: NYBruin, 12/8/2013 7:20:08 PM     (No. 9645798)

What ever happened to the sequester that was going to cripple the country?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Distorted, 12/8/2013 11:56:08 PM     (No. 9645955)

It is time to return to the policies of American Ambassador to France, Ben Franklin, which was described at the time, even though somewhat derisively, as "Ostentacious Unostentaciousness."

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