Concerns about the progression of a new $46 million renovation of the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. had led to Monday’s National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announcement that they would not fund the project.
The questions about the amount of traffic to the National Mall — and safety issues caused by crowds coming to view the huge artworks on display there — came from members of Congress and others from Capitol Hill, as well as from the U.S. Capitol Police and more than 150 other stakeholders.
They said the beautification is motivated by an interest to celebrate the lives of individuals who were instrumental in the way the arts have changed the lives of Americans.
The resolution approved by the committee now sends the entire matter to the full board of the NEA, which will continue to discuss the matter at a later date, Performing Arts Daily reported.
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