I’d like to begin by saying that this is my first letter to an editor. I’m writing in response to the recent article about Beacon Bloom, the new sculpture in the roundabout at Range Line Road and 96th Street.
The article quotes Mayor Brainard, “People have been calling our offices saying they love it.” My humble opinion isn’t at all favorable. I have no problem with the sculpture itself but think it’s entirely too tall for the width of the roundabout. Nothing about the sculpture blends with the roundabout plantings or the general surroundings. The fact that it’s such a shiny metal, with the addition of colored lights after dark, doesn’t strike me as tasteful.
I know we all have differing tastes and opinions, and I would’ve kept mine limited to my friends and family until I saw your recent article listing the expense of Beacon Bloom at $353,000! I’ve been told that it was installed as a safety precaution. I do remember that a young man was killed there shortly before it was installed, and I sympathize. However, wouldn’t a well-lit, full-grown tree have accomplished the same goal, naturally blending into the surroundings and certainly for a lot less than $353,000?
Since I wrote the first draft of this note, three new cartoonish caricatures of athletes have appeared on Hazel Dell Parkway. I think they are gaudy. Mr. Brainard, please stop! Let’s stay with the classy, understated looks of The Palladium and downtown. Natural flora and fauna, no shiny metal or brilliant colors.
Terri Vandiver. Carmel