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Artists sought for statues honoring Mink, Inouye

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:11 a.m. HST, Jul 30, 2013

The Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and Arts is putting out an international call for artists to create art in honor of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye and U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink.

The foundation says the state Legislature passed a measure to commission sculptures honoring Inouye and Mink to go near the state Capitol. The Legislature instructed that $250,000 be spent for each work.

Mink died in Honolulu in 2002. She was 74. Inouye died in December in Washington, D.C. He was 82.

The foundation says art honoring the two longtime leaders will be the most anticipated and scrutinized pieces ever commissioned in Hawaii, in line with historic statues of icons such as King Kamehameha, St. Damien and Duke Kahanamoku.

The application deadline is Aug. 26.

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Mythman wrote:
A Chinese politician and a Japanese politician - gives you some idea our priorities. Maybe someone from U of H art department can come up with a pitch similar to some of their other "public" art debacles. How about the Inouye piece showing the Senator inside a prison cell - this would send the right message to the rest of our politicos.......
on July 30,2013 | 06:39AM
TigerEye wrote:
Both were Americans.
on July 30,2013 | 10:29AM
hanalei395 wrote:
A Chinese politician? Mythman should have the "right message" for his political criticism.
on July 30,2013 | 11:59AM
kuewa wrote:
Both Mink and Inouye were of Japanese descent.
on July 30,2013 | 02:02PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
$250,000 Bronze statues of elected politicians? Maybe we can wait until we fixed the leaky roofs in our schools first.

When are they going to make a bronze statue honoring the guy who goes to work everyday and pays his taxes so they can be generous with his hard earned money?

on July 30,2013 | 07:35AM
cojef wrote:
Have to agree with you. Politicians voting taxpayers monies to glorify themselves.
on July 30,2013 | 11:14AM
hilopango wrote:
You're right...$500,000 can do a lot for our schools, roads, and other public facilities. Statues will just end up becoming poop perches for the wild birds.
on July 30,2013 | 11:31AM
mikethenovice wrote:
What about Steve Jobs?
on July 30,2013 | 07:40AM
Uncleart66 wrote:
Nice people but we are running out of money.......
on July 30,2013 | 10:01AM
EwaWarrior wrote:
Stating that Mink and Inouye are "in line with historic statues of icons such as King Kamehameha, St. Damien and Duke Kahanamoku" is something of a stretch.
on July 30,2013 | 01:23PM
kuewa wrote:
If Mink and Inouye are so-honored, then Fong and Matsunaga should also be honored in the same way. The 4 of them together, despite differences between them, created the character of the State at the Federal Congressional level.
on July 30,2013 | 02:04PM
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