The Army canceled a Northern Virginia public art project this week after media outlets and members of Congress complained about its $600,000 price tag.
"The Army was ready to spend $600,000 on three pieces of questionable art, just when the country is up to its eyeballs in red ink," Sen. Chuck Grassley, who'd opened an investigation into the project, told US News and World Report. "With a national debt of more than $14 trillion, we've got to make sure spending is in line with the national interest."
More objectionable than the cost of the planned installation, however, are its aesthetics. Had the project progressed as originally planned, a sculpture of a fairy riding a toad would have been placed at a bus depot in Alexandria, Virginia.