This is a tougher question that it seems on the surface.
No, it’s not. Hungry people can’t eat statues.
That’s certainly a defensible response, but I’d at least like to give the devil’s-advocate argument in response. The $175,000 certainly could help relieve the effects of homelessness for a few people for a very short time. Art, however, has a lasting impact and message, one that might well provoke enough attention and concern to prompt more public but hopefully private efforts to reduce homelessness and poverty for a much longer time.
I’m calling bullshit.
What piece of junky “public art” ever provoked anything material?
Come on, Mister Devil: Name one.
Anyway, this is just another useless feel-good boodle project, and Ed knows it.
They did something similar in my own neighborhood. The thugs use it for target practice.