The purchase of Moore’s work wasn’t without controversy. In an argument that will sound familiar today, the City Council balked at the $120,000 price tag for the sculpture, questioning both the price tag and the validity of abstract art, saying the money would be better spent on hospitals or youth programs. The controversy was so intense, that Mayor Givens, The Archer`s biggest supporter on council, decided to raise the funds publicly and donate the piece to the city. Despite his success, the dispute resulted in Mayor Givens losing the election to former controller William Dennison, a fervent opponent of the installation.
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