One of my former coworkers had her mother in town and I ended up speaking with her for a few minutes. The conversation turned to a large public art installation that was around that summer, and the price of the piece had been run in the paper. It was somewhere in the neighborhood of $3 million. Her mother said to me, "I just think about all the poor people who could have been helped with that money and I wonder, what's the point?" I suppose that's an okay question. What I would have liked to say back to her is this: "Lady, I have it on good authority that you only give your dog bottled water, and I just wonder, how many poor people could have drank clean water if you'd given your dog tap water instead?" I'll never understand why some people see any art as a waste of money.