What a colossal waste of money. Even the people this piece of public art was meant to salute can’t believe Chapel Hill spent nearly half a million on this.

“That’s art?” veteran bus driver Barbara Doakes asked, shaking her head. “I wouldn’t have imagined somebody spending that much money for something like that. That’s a little excessive. No, that’s a lot excessive.”

Remember this gratuitous spending the next time a Chapel Hill official says there’s not enough revenue to address the citizens’ “unmet needs.” There will be more of this to come. Chapel Hill sets aside 1 percent of the cost of new projects, such as the $52 million public works and transit facility in this case, for public art.