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Scott Francis Baker


February 28th, 2005

(no subject) @ 10:08 am

I just asked my buddy ntang for his opinion of The Gates in Central Park. He informed me that they're taking them down. They just went up! He said that they had a two week agreement, and now they're coming down. They apparently cost New York tax payers $27 million dollars. Let's do a little math shall we?

60 seconds a minute
60 minutes an hour
24 hours a day
14 days up

That's 1209600 seconds. Now assuming the cost of The Gates was $27 million that works out to $22.32 per second that those gates were up. I sure hope you New Yorkers got your money's worth!



Update: ntang informs me that it as NOT tax payer money, but the artist's own money. Still...
 
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From:ntang
Date:February 28th, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC)
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No, dumbass, it didn't cost -us- anything. Christo paid for everything himself, out of his own pocket. He raised some of the money from selling prints and drawings of his plans, and the rest he kicked in himself, as I understand it.
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From:muerte
Date:February 28th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
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Wait a second... homeboy put up $27 million of his OWN money? Wow...
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From:graceadieu
Date:February 28th, 2005 11:11 pm (UTC)

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I can think of a long list of far more worthwhile things that much money could have purchased, with Tsunami relief, assistance for world hunger, Aids and Cancer research heading the list. How much 'bang for the buck' did those gates really garner? Even in today's economy, $27 million is a LOT of money to spend on something that frivilous.
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From:potsie
Date:March 1st, 2005 12:38 am (UTC)

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Plus it coulda funded a whole new season of Enterprise.
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From:graceadieu
Date:March 1st, 2005 05:10 am (UTC)

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Uhhh...that too! :D

Scott Francis Baker