Today's award goes to the idiot(s) in the US Army who came up with the idea of beautifying a building in an awesomely tacky way.
The Army, under public and congressional attack for a $600,000 plan to dress up a bus depot at a new military facility near Washington with three pieces of art, such as a 10 foot-tall fairy riding a gurgling toad, has scrapped the project. Instead, it will go with a simple plan to "enhance the aesthetics" of a concrete wall at the new Mark Center in Alexandria, Va.
Stunned by the expense, noted government watch dog Sen. Chuck Grassley opened an investigation. Initially an Army official, responding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which heads the $1 billion Mark Center construction effort, defended the $600,000 project, saying it was worth just "0.1 percent of the cost" of the new facility.
But in a second response this week, the Army junked the idea and said it would no longer be purchasing a sculpture like the toad or any of the other three proposals under consideration.
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Each of the four art proposals for the bus terminal included two wall murals and a sculpture. The Army budgeted $200,000 each for the murals and sculpture, for a total of $600,000. The one drawing most attention was the fairy and toad from artist Cheryl Foster. Her proposal describes the sculpture this way: "A 10-foot fairy, using an American Toad as 'transportation', scurries to the entrance of the station. The interior of the toad is illuminated and the sounds of nature emanate from his throat." She said that nature inspired her.
There's more at the link.
As a military and combat veteran, I can imagine only too clearly what our servicemen and -women would have to say about a sculpture of a fairy riding a frog (!!!). I somehow don't think their remarks would fit the definition of "politically correct" . . . do you, dear readers?