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  • Yes, Virginia, there is a public - one that knows REAL art. They also know when something is good for the City of Sarasota and, last, but far from least, how to honor our military men and women.

    I noticed "Unconditional Surrender" has more people actually spending a lot of time admiring it than any other 'art' put up along the bayfront.

    Of course, you probably prefer a car wreck in front of a major bank building. Did it occur to anyone who approved that scrap pile how insulting and painful it might be to anyone who had actually been in a major accident and lived? Probably not. After all, art is supposed to hurt - right? After seeing it the first time, I detoured around it until it was taken down.

    My personal favorite was the picture frame that disgraced our bayfront. Honestly, Virginia, if you go to any framer in town, you can buy a much prettier or duller frame to 'look at a different scene depending on where you stand.' That was not art; it was a con job for which our town fell. Surely we have some real artists in our little art mecca. Why not look for them?
  • margie digiovanni
    Wed 3rd Feb 2010
    at 9:36am
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  • Maybe Virginia Hoffman should keep her opinions to herself. It is clear that she has fought this statue all the way, and the majority of the public wants it there. Was her father or mother in the military in WW2, it means alot to some of us that had members of our family fight in that war. The statue also reminds us of the joy and elation that people felt when it was over. Maybe Ms. Hoffman should be a little less snobbish and a little more patriotic which includes honoring the public opinion since this is still a democractic country not ruled by the few but by the majority. For those that voted to help the gift from the veteran, God Bless You!
  • Gilda Perkins
    Tue 2nd Feb 2010
    at 9:19am
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