D.C. Neighborhood Adds Contentious Artwork – Taxpayers Not Happy

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In a prestigious area D.C., controversial art honoring Hillary Clinton has been added to the holiday décor this year.

The contentious installations were partially paid for by taxpayer dollars.

The sculptures, titled “Red, White, and Hillary Blue Diamonds,” consists of five aluminum frames illuminated by LED lights. The structures are installed in three locations across the neighborhood, where they serve “as gateways into Georgetown.”

The artwork, accompanied by one blue diamond meant to represent Hillary Clinton, is receiving mixed reviews.

Photo Credit: (Paul Shortt)

Photo Credit: (Paul Shortt)

Artist and creator Mina Cheon, a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and Gabriel Kroiz, an architect and associate professor at Morgan State University said that the installations are, “dedicated to former Senator Hillary Clinton, who is the beacon of dignity and guiding light, as a thank you for her strength as we move forward.”

According to the Washington Free Beacon, Cheon created the projects well before the November election when she was certain Clinton would win.

While Cheon and Kroiz may have intended to honor Clinton with their efforts, some residents in the area are not approving of the dubious art. One person with an expansive art background said, “The first evening I saw it glowing red, I thought it was a portal to Hell. It looks like a satanic pentagram,” according to the Washington Free Beacon.

Cheon told reporters, ““We wanted to light the flag, not burn it. If people are responding in negative ways, it is because they are responding to the time we live in and the state of America.”

This exhibit is part of an annual GLOW exhibition that is set in Georgetown. Taxpayers have since expressed their desire for these funds to go to more traditional holiday decorations.

BID’s communication director, Lauren Boston said, “we don’t control what the artists name their installations, nor can we—or would we want to—control the inspiration behind those pieces.”

She went on to say, “Art is a protected form of expression under the First Amendment. Art is also subjective.”

Cheon and Kroiz have placed diamond exhibits (of different meanings) in other cities such as Baltimore, Maryland and Seoul, South Korea.

It is unknown how much public money went towards the controversial project.

The Georgetown BID is a non-profit corporation that has taxing authority over local businesses and works to promote the area’s commercial district. The GLOW exhibition was partially funded by a grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

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