One Sick "Artist"

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The face of a remorseful “artist”…

Sculptor who killed dog set to make San Francisco Central Subway art

Via San Francisco Examiner:  A Brooklyn artist who once shot and killed a dog and called it art has landed a coveted $750,000 city art contract for the Central Subway.  As if the $1.6 billion railway weren’t controversial enough, artist Tom Otterness’ commission can be expected to generate criticism from dog lovers and animal rights groups.

In June, the board of directors of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency approved a contract with Otterness for 59 bronze sculptures to fill three levels of the proposed subway’s Moscone station. An agency spokesman said the board was unaware of Otterness’ controversial past and relied on a recommendation from the Arts Commission.
But in May, animal rights groups and dog lovers blasted a planned Otterness art project involving bronze lions at a New York Public Library branch. An online petition to revoke the commission was signed by 11,209 people.
“Tom Otterness is a world-renowned sculptor who has been commissioned by government agencies around the world to create major permanent public art projects,” Susan Pontious, director of the San Francisco Arts Commission’s public art program, said in a statement. “The Central Subway Artist Selection Panel chose Otterness based on the strength of his proposal and his impressive portfolio of past sculptural work.”

Cute art

Otterness has long since apologized for the 1977 film project in which he shot a dog. He continues to receive commissions, and his generally cute, cartoonish bronze sculptures of people and animals are on display in the New York City subway system and elsewhere around the world.
But “sorry” isn’t doing it for everyone.  “You do not let an animal shooter put up 59 sculptures in your subway system,” said Anita Carswell, director of the Guardian Campaign for In Defense of Animals. “This is a slap in the face of The City. It’s going to be offensive to everybody that rides the subway, a reminder: ‘People who shoot dogs for stupid reasons get rewarded.’”

In 1977, at the age of 25, he bought a small black and white dog from an animal shelter, chained it to a fence and then shot it. He filmed it, called it “art” and titled the piece “Shot Dog Film,” according to numerous media reports.

In April 2008, he told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, “Thirty years ago, when I was 25 years old, I made a film in which I shot a dog. It was an indefensible act that I am deeply sorry for. Many of us have experienced profound emotional turmoil and despair. Few have made the mistake I made. I hope people can find it in their hearts to forgive me.”
While I can forgive and believe he may be remorseful, I don’t believe taxpayers should be rewarding him.  He should sell his art in the private sector where those that truly want to support him can reward him for his masterpieces.
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0 responses to “One Sick "Artist"

  1. Just another example of the sickness of the leftists mind.

  2. I seriously hope Hell for this worthless POS will be that little dog he shot chaining him to a fence and putting a bullet in his ass, over and over, for an eternity.
    I truly believe our beloved departed dogs will be with us after we leave this world, as I cannot believe that God would create such wonderful companions and not allow us to be with them again someday.
    Seriously, I would much rather be with my dogs than most humans I know.

    • Ditto, and ditto, and ditto! He should be stripped of every commission, every cent, every award, and sent to to work in the SPCA for the rest of his sick life, if anyone can call that “living”!

  3. “It’s criminal that he’s being rewarded in this fashion.”
    And not a whole lotta disgusting, too.
    Plus, his sculptures totally suck.

  4. Said a story in May about it:
    “The video was not just him shooting a dog. It was him getting the dog, caring for the dog, being with the dog over a period of time, it was not a single day film, he was with the dog for quite a while.”

  5. only in the “twilight zone” nuff said.

  6. I have come to the conclusion that with ‘ethical and humane’ standards that have obviously been placed in a blender – that this is one mixed up person among an all new “standard” of many, who wouldn’t know what was right if it bit ’em in the arse!

  7. When I first saw the title of this post…I did a double take!
    ok, on to this guy…….that was certainly a despicable act that he committed 30 years ago…it makes me think of Michael Vick and his societal redemption seems to have taken what, less than 5 years?
    While what he did was indefensible, he certainly seems to have changed his ways and is obviously remorseful and would never, it seems, dream of doing something like that again.
    I am a bit uncomfortable about shunning him forever, his more recent art certainly seems benign and is there no forgiveness?
    My tax dollars go to a lot of things I wouldn’t choose, and a lot of “art” I don’t like…….bronze animals seem benign in comparison.
    G-d will certainly judge him in the end and I, for one, am reticent to throw the first stone as I am not in line for beatification.

  8. Leftists killed well over a 100 million people in the 20th century and you talk of forgiveness? I don’t think so.

  9. i’m willing to surgically remove his eyes if he donates them to science…free!
    no mercy…

  10. This makes me ill. The poor dear dog….
    God loves His creation so much He became incarnate to suffer and die for us. The dear dog is with Jesus, who is amazingly stunningly infinitely incomprehensibly loving and merciful.

  11. i’d like to see him get what he deserves and what he deserves is a date with several highly trained military war dogs and let one of the dogs film the ensuing slaughter as the dogs rip him to pieces. seal teams now train dogs to carry video cameras to film an area they are moving into.. (history channel special on dogs in war) now i think that would be justice served nice and cold….


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