U.S. Government Spends $1 Million on Sculpture Before End of Fiscal Year

State Department Buys Million Dollar Granite Sculpture from Irish-Born Artist

At the end of September, the federal government’s fiscal year was drawing to a close, the threat of a shut down was increasing, and the State Department was shopping for art. Four contracts were awarded in the last two weeks of September, including $1,000,000 for a granite sculpture by Irish-born artist Sean Scully to be installed at the new U.S. Embassy in London.


The State Department’s 2013 budget request included $2.5M for the Art in Embassies program.

This is what the government does despite being $17 trillion + in debt.

FBO: Granite Scuplture by Sean Scully

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