Obama administration spending $400,000 on camel sculpture in Pakistan

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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The Obama administration wants to spend $400,000 on a camel sculpture for a new embassy building in Pakistan, according to a report Monday.

BuzzFeed broke the news that the State Department has plans to commission the camel sculpture from John Baldessari, an American artist. The art is called, “Camel Contemplating Needle.”

According to a government document posted by BuzzFeed, the sculpture is a “large 500lb fiberglass aluminum, stainless steel, acrylic and painted contemporary art piece.”

“Public art which will be presented in the new embassy should reflect the values of a predominately Islamist country,” the document states.

While the United States is dishing out $400,000 for the art, BuzzFeed pointed out that the average annual income in Pakistan is about $1,250.

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