Just to add a chin-up, shoulders back on our high end sculpture expedition, that I commented on earlier in this thread, The frivolous without personal debt ( The frivolatte) definitely haven't stopped spending money on bling. We have attracted the attention of a jeweler turned golfer, who's name shall remain anonymous. We are optimistic.
An another note, there was an ad on trade-me, offering $50.000 worth of marine grade aluminum for $10.000 (the result of liquidation) What this means to us, providing we can still sell, is that the recession might serve us well. I suspect industrial work space's might start to become more easily accessible for ultra short term, creative lease negotiation. These circumstances resulting from a recessive economy could give us the opportunity to produce serious large scale sculptural work, affordably, without prior bureaucratic official approval.
I'm feeling especially positive that my theory, that the arts haven't actually, thrived in an environment of poverty and personal tragedy, will be challenged.
Brian Rudman reminds that downturns are a chance for investment in public arts as well as built infrastructure (and laments the absence of most culture industry representatives from the recent Jobs Summit):
Mr Key might want to contemplate US President Franklin Roosevelt's Depression-busting New Deal policies of the 1930s. He set up federal employment schemes for artists, writers, actors, musicians, film-makers, photographers, dancers - you name it. More than 225,000 works of art - including public murals, films and photographic records of the decade - were created.
Thanks for that Sacha.
Your reference to the great depression in America, started me thinking about criminal enterprise. Today I noticed that a new very large building sight parameter wall in wellington
has become a tag magnet. Its amazing how much paint is going on despite the heavy penalty deterrents. These Kids need recruiting to the illegal advertising advertising industries. I'd call it "whoppers & whoppers underground advertising"
Capone Taggers Inc. :)
Or 亝仅冽 or even 旌dog