The City: One Percent for Art

A mosaic, a piece of sculpture, a tapestry or a painting is apt to be expensive, and it is certainly not functional. Thus when it comes to public projects or low-cost housing, watchdogs of the public purse tend to consider such fine arts frivolous and hard to justify to the taxpayers. A good many enlightened people deplore this view, but cannot make themselves felt. But a few years ago, an enlightened Philadelphia lawyer named Michael von Moschzisker found himself in a position to do something about it. He was then chairman of...

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