Is it morally wrong to commission a work of art knowing that it will be destroyed?

By Rebecca Rushfield posted 07-12-2022 18:46

From “Securing an Afterlife for Public Art Isn’t Easy," an article by Zachary Small in the July 12, 2022, issue of The New York Times, we learn that, in New York City, when a temporary public art commission ends its run, it is the artist who is responsible for finding and paying for a place to store the work. Artists who are represented by galleries are often able to find a new home or owner for their work. Those without gallery representation may end up having to destroy their work for lack of a place for it. Is it morally wrong for a government agency like the Parks Department  or a not-for-profit organization like Times Square Arts to commission a work of public art knowing that all or part of the physically sound work will be destroyed?