Keiser is attempting to help everybody. She's seeing a win-win. But her vision of art is the vision of a person who doesn't know anything about how art actually works. Ignorance about art is a commonplace in American life, but that doesn't mean it doesn't drive me crazy. Public art is not a cash cow. Public art is not the pet project of the wealthy. Trust me when I say that the rich and powerful do not give a crap about public art, and will not be caught dead buying it.
Or don't trust me. Ask any art dealer in Seattle. They can barely sell the works they have on display—the ones that will fit above the sofa, the ones made by dead artists with established names (easiest to sell, and still hard to move). Woodside/Braseth Gallery has been open for 50 years, and here's what John Braseth had to say: "In short...a naive idea. Even if the art was highly marketable, and it's not. This would be the worst economy to sell it in!"
No, it's simple: If you want to pay for the poor, you have to tax the rich. Backflips involving yanking the windows out of middle schools isn't going to do it.
*As if any collector in the current market is "hot on the trail" for anything at all.