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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | FEBRUARY 15, 2011 7:20 AM

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Creative alternatives to selling Mural

Let’s concede that Rep. Scott Raecker, R-Urbandale, has his heart set on scoring a tidy $140 million for the University of Iowa, and that, to the lawmaker, the 8-by-20-foot Jackson Pollock painting looks like low-hanging bags of Krugerrands.

Why sell the painting when an authorized “forgery” of the late Pollock’s work, a 1951 bequest to the Iowa Museum of Art, might raise twice that sum — given time and some savvy marketing by a team of advertising majors?

Here’s how:

1. Set a crew of Iowa’s most gifted art students to replicate every splash, dab, and dribble of the painting, faithful in size and texture, to be all but indistinguishable from the original.

2. Auction the bogus masterpiece at $20 a pop worldwide.

3. How many people would want such a conversation piece on the wall (signed by the student artists)? Who knows? Throw in speculators, art fanciers, oil sheiks (some of whom may buy a million chances to tilt the odds), throw in alumni, Russian mafia, and gosh knows how many crackpots and fun-lovers would come out of the woodwork waving $20 bills.

The university does take Visa, doesn’t it?

Ron Wiggins
West Palm Beach, Fla.

Combat sports remain dangerous

A few weeks ago, the DI ran a few stories about a boxer named Emily Klinefelter. Monday’s edition shows more photos of a University of Iowa student engaging in this moronic “sport.”

It’s common knowledge that boxers suffer brain damage. No one with a grain of sense would engage in an activity almost certain to damage her or his brain.

Please stop running pictures and stories of this idiotic activity. Doing so provides publicity for an activity we’d be better off without.

Mike Norton
UI alumnus


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