Posted by Justin Rice March 6, 2012 10:24 AM
Main Streets Executive Director Gin Wallace presented her plan to the city council last night that, if approved, would place eight to 10 sculptures across Cabot Street during Homecoming in late July. The art would stay on Cabot Street for nine to 12 months, she said.
“Three years ago we had a big sculpture exhibit on the Beverly Common,” Wallace said during a telephone interview this morning. “It was so well received by the community we thought it would be great to spread them around downtown.
The council placed the matter into committee last night.
“Until the council gives us that approval everything is on hold,” Wallace said. “They have to approve the use of the sidewalks and the space above it."
Wallace said even if a sculpture is on private property it needs the council's approval if it hangs over a public sidewalk.
She said Pittsfield has had a similar program for about 10 years with more than 20 sculptures and Salem had four sculptures by one artist last year.
“What we learned is that many artists, just in exchange having their work on display for a year, are willing to accept the risk of damage, graffiti, weather conditions and off course they can in turn try to sell their pieces,” Wallace said.
“We haven’t yet done a call for artists because we can’t do that till we have city approval.”
Justin A. Rice can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.