photo lifted from stock
This is just one of many in question. Do they have any plans for all the statues? I have an idea.
Why not open a contest to artists for plans for new statues? I think the metal can be recycled. Is that possible? Would it make it less expensive to make new statues if they could recycle the bronze? Is anyone going to the public meetings on the fate of the statues? I’m not going, but if you’re going to the meetings, maybe you could suggest it.
I’d work up a small clay model of something non offensive and enter the contest if there was no charge to enter. Like a dragon, that would be cool, or a mermaid because I live at the beach.
They should make the contest free to enter and let the public decide what they want on the pedestals. That would be fair. The public arts commission shouldn’t be trusted to make the decision because they have really bad taste sometimes and might give us something lame because one of their friends entered it and they need to return a favor. In fact, maybe the public arts commission should be disbanded for letting the monuments stay there until they got torn down. I mean, how out of touch can they get?
If some old confederate wants to buy the monuments and would pay the cities for them. that would be fair too. Then the buyer could keep the bronze.
Hey, I’m a damn Yankee, I always knew they’d have to come down some day and the confederate generals are not my heroes either. You can ask my friends in Richmond. I told them there would be a big problem and no one could take any responsibility for doing something about it. That would be proactive. It would never happen.