From the Daily News:
A City Council member on Monday blasted the kooky Manhattan skywriting art project that startled scores of New Yorkers.
"The arts are supposed to generate conversation but not apprehension and fear," said Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Queens), who heads the Council's Public Safety Committee.
Artist Kim Beck chose three slogans she had gleaned from advertising billboards and hired a plane to skywrite them. The project was sponsored by Friends of the High Line, the nonprofit behind the wildly popular elevated park.
One mysterious message, "Last Chance," sparked terrorism fears in some New Yorkers, who took to Twitter to express their bewilderment.
Vallone called the high-flying stunt "plain stupid - no pun intended."
Organizers of the project defended it.
The High Line's website says the park's public art projects receive taxpayer money from the city and state. The group received $75,000 this year from the City Council for public programming and other uses, records show.
But the park's website was changed Monday to specify that the skywriting project was privately funded.
This is interesting. Why are taxpayers funding Friends of the High Line, when they defaulted on their agreement to privately raise the funds necessary for the maintenance of the park if it was built? And what is the Friends of the High Line doing funding "art" when they haven't paid their debt for the park yet? Last time I checked they were threatening to tax the businesses along the strip. I don't think the skywriting is the looniest part of this story...