Thank you for getting to the heart of the matter.
Contextually and by comparison, Seattle is at the forefront of the $15 minimum wage movement. Several speakers at the UPMC protest, although highly trained and in full-time positions, make considerably less than that.
I'm curious about scale. It seems to me that the size for this installation was a good match for the space under the bridge. Was there a larger version on the Hudson? If the piece does exist in a size on the scale of Macy's Parade inflatable, then it would be a perfect match for our three rivers, in both scale and concept. On another track, it seems to me that this installation relegates the Buddha to an object, reminding me of Nam June Paik's Buddha series. If the artist's intention is to get us all thinking and reflecting on Nature-- we're stuck with a reflection of just man-made surroundings. Still another question I have is was the placement the artist's decision or was it a curatorial one? or based on getting/not getting permission to have it float on the river? was the decision a bureaucratic one or an artistic one? Perhaps the Buddha is doing his eternal job of reflecting back our all too human mechanisms!
For readers who would like to see the visually engaging and fun-filled event, here is a photo album: http://tinyurl.com/AllEyesOnArt
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