I like public art. Whether it's in cities like Seattle or on a hillside like the Wild Horse Monument I recently wrote about. We have little in Coeur d'Alene and what we do have seems to be a topic of controversy. As you approach downtown from the Northwest Boulevard exit you will see our feathers. One Eagle, one Osprey. Birds indigenous to our lake country. There seems to be a love/hate relationship about them. Personally, I love them.
I hope those opposed to public art it will read the article in the
Spokesman Review about the vibrant and entertaining installation they have over in Port Angeles, WA. Calling it the Avenue of the People the art work was unveiled during one of the city's festivals and what a wonderful addition to the streets it will be.
Locals posed for the funky, abstract images capturing the individual's body language. It includes everything from a very pregnant torso to a pair of dancing senior citizens. What a concept! Involve the people!
It surely makes it fun for the people of Port Angeles, and while not knowing the individuals who posed, visitors cannot help but get a chuckle out of the strolling the "Avenue".
Public art does a lot for a town's image. It doesn't even have to follow a theme though often it does. Think about the interest and how many people came to downtown Coeur d'Alene to see the Moose on parade. We always make it a point to go over to Spokane when they have one of their Fun-d raisers featuring various critters decked out by the local art community.
Install it and they will come - to view it, enjoy it - and maybe even spend some money in your shops and restaurants. Not a bad deal.