We Demand The Commission Be Returned In Full

by , under Fiction Prompts, Flash Fiction, Friday Fictioneers


“It looks nice in our yard.”

“It wasn’t supposed to look nice. That wasn’t the point.”

“What was the point again?”

“I wanted to shake them up. Make a statement. You know.”

“So you made a dinosaur. Out of garbage.”

“Not garbage. Scrap.”

“Whatever.  You’re surprised they had a bad reaction?”

“I thought that—”

“You thought that after you received the commission you could do whatever the hell you wanted. It’s a city project, James. You think they’re idiots or something? They know you didn’t spend fifty thousand dollars making that sculpture.”

“I actually spent about two hundred on it.”

  1. rochellewisoff

    Dear J Hardy,

    Artists are a profound lot, sometimes hard to understand by the “normal” crowd. Nicely done.



  2. gahlearner

    I think he’s selling himself short. It’s not the material worth that counts… they just don’t see what else he’s put into it. He needs an agent.

  3. Margaret

    So tragic that his work is not understood or appreciated. I’m sure he’s not interested in the money – he’s an artist after all. Nicely told.

  4. The Writer's Village

    Sounds like a military widget that we waste billions on (although much more worthy as an art form). Great story. I am your reader for this style of writing..


  5. Dave

    Artists make a living by receiving more grants than expenses. Not Starving = good art.

  6. R. Todd

    Hey.. I’d be like.. “If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the price tag should be in the hand of the artist.” Boom! /drop the mic


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