A large sculpture being installed this week behind Winnipeg's Millennium Library has some wondering if it's worth spending taxpayers' money on public art.
A beaker-shaped structure named emptyful is inspired by the idea that something can be empty and full at the same time, will feature shifting lights, cascading water and cool fog once it is finished.
Bill Pechet, the architect behind emptyful, said the sculpture will hopefully encourage people to come downtown more often.
But some Winnipeggers are questioning the $575,000 price tag associated with the city's new art installation.
"It's a lot of money when we're in a recession," Maria Rodrigues told CBC News on Tuesday. "So it's beautiful, but I don't agree with it."
Others, like Rose-Anne Harder, said public artwork "increases the public spirit."