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Re: “An Art Project for the Birds

Does this raise flags for anyone else besides me??
Let's review,

[Once it was discovered that owls shared the space for which the art project was commissioned, Dash was granted a spot on the selection committee — and a rare authority to speak directly for the owls.]

Della Dash says: "Of course, we would've preferred that they move it to another site," she continued, "but they said that wasn't a possibility."

Just how was relocating this art project NOT a possibility?

The designers cleary put their own projects survival ahead of the survival of a bird listed as a native species of special concern by the ESA.So, What kind of contribution is that?

I walked the site yesterday(sept 5th) and came to the further realization the intent is for this piece to be a permanent installment.

Just how does taking even more land away from theses birds helping them in anyway?

Even Andy Goldsworthy's work (art in nature) is designed to be temporary.

Designer Reed says:

The team's design is intended to be artfully unobtrusive yet useful from the dog and human side, and more or less invisible from the owl side. "That will be sign of success for us, if we're able to create something that really looks like it belongs," said Reed.

That would be a feat.....

since when does poured concrete of any texture look like it belongs in any natural setting? or for that matter, Reed an authority on what is 'invisible' to an owl?

"They basically said, 'Well, tell us what the owls need, and we will work the art installation around that.' The committee unanimously selected the best and most unobtrusive project for that area."

How is it ever possible for a small bird who counts on this area to thrive going to benefit from even less space?

Did the Reed-Madden Design team really need this project so much that it "wasn't a possiblity" to just back off and find some other place?

Compromise? This was trade off and the clear loser is the Cesar Chavez Partk wildlife population.

The score is:

Art project funded and added to someones portfolio-1

A native owl species under stress by human traffic and development-0

Henry Boyle

Posted by bylwrks on 09/06/2010 at 2:04 PM

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