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Jeff, I actually agree that my criticism of the artist was too harsh and have apologized for it, even if I still don't think the design is the right fit for Temescal and particularly that site - and that there should have been a public community process about it. I would have liked in retrospect to focus on the latter points and not so much on putting down the work. I also wrote the above for a neighborhood blog and never intended it to be quoted in the EBE.
Ellen has responded incredibly graciously to the criticism she's received around the design and I admire her for that. Meanwhile, hopefully some good will come out of this as many in the community are talking about wanting to have greater say in how the neighborhood is being branded by the TTBID and are asking whether we need to be branded at all.
On another note, I don't think this really has anything to do with Nimbyism - I have actually been a supporter of neighborhood development as well as the complete streets efforts. I agree wholeheartedly with Matt that the involvement of the community in such projects can help create a sense of buy-in and belonging and result in outcomes that more accurately reflect the community... and that's the opportunity that I think was missed.
It's so interesting how differently people can respond to the same art and the manner in which it is presented. If readers would like an alternative perspective, I thought I'd share this link to a write up about the show by Abigail Doan of The Wild Magazine:
Of course, I also hope people will come check out the work themselves this weekend before the show closes.
Thanks for taking the time to visit and respond to the show.
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