Chicago has the Picasso, among others. In Naperville, it's Dr. Seuss. The City Council recently agreed to spend $115,000 to have a "Green Eggs and Ham" statue installed outside the 95th Street Library.
Funding comes from the Special Events and Cultural Amenities fund, which amounted to $2.57 million last year and comes from a citywide 1 percent tax on food and beverages. Century Walk, which is putting up the Seuss statue, received $274,000 in funding total this year.
What say you? Is public art a good thing that enhances the aesthetic value of a community and shows its deeper appreciation for the finer things in life? Or do you think it's not needed, that it's a luxury that should be financed via the private sector instead of by tax money?