waiting for the cash
In our contracts we stipulate that we receive one third of the cost of a project at the time we sign the contract. The second third is due prior to installation of the art and the final payment comes after the piece is installed. With this parking garage commission, the city did not want to pay any money upfront but, after explaining to the parking board of commissioners the necessity to receive funds so we can purchase materials and pay for the engineer, they finally agreed. After a phone call today to the contractor inquiring when the funds will be available, I learned that the Urban Renewal Authority has issued the payment and that it is truly ‘in the mail’. Now the waiting game with fingers crossed that the US Postal Service will be working in a timely manner. This confirms my experience that public art is a slow, languid process.
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