It is odd and disappointing that Indianapolis officialdom is rallying around this even as it conspired to endanger the most important public artwork proposed in America in many years. The mayor’s office has picked the wrong art to care most about.
This speaks to many failures: Failures by the project’s funder and organizer to follow through on its promises, to a lack of art journalism in Indianapolis which allowed the Fred Wilson-project’s opponents to gain traction by defining the artwork in a factually questionable manner and so on. But mostly it’s sad.
Update: In Indy alt-weekly Nuvo, David Hoppe has a smart take on the two situations.