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Ratepayers could fork out $700,000 unusual art installations

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore is backing splashing cash on wacky, temporary artworks despite pushback from some concerned councillors.

The Lord Mayor doesn’t have the best history when it comes to public artworks, with an $11 million “Cloud Arch” proposed for Town Hall being particularly unpopular.

But today, The Daily Telegraph reports the council will set aside just over $700,000 for the Art & About project, with local and international artists encouraged to submit designs of “all genres”.

Interested artists can apply for up to $85,000 to build their projects.

The unpopular “Cloud Arch” artwork would cost $11 million.

Liberal Councillor Christine Forster tells Ben Fordham everyone wants to see high-quality art, but the taxpayer shouldn’t be paying for it.

“Anyone can see there’s an awful lot of development going on around the city at the moment.

“The developers should be footing the bill for high-quality, permanent artworks rather than the taxpayers being asked to fork out hundreds of thousands of dollars for wacky, temporary art installations.”

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