Owners needing guides, bidders on public art

re: Public art story of June 25.

As founding members of the Southern Arizona Arts Guild, we naturally applaud art in public places. Each of us has served on juries for the selection of art. We believe a town that promotes the arts is respectful of its aesthetics and the quality of life of its citizens and guests.

But in such economically troubling times, how can the public expect its tax dollars to go toward the upkeep and repair of works that had minimal integrity to begin with? Whether or not artists are “asked about the structural support” for a public piece, ethical artists should consider their work for posterity and proudly disclose how their art will stand the test of time.

If a sculpture is standing unguarded in a public mall, perhaps it should not include breakable glass pieces, weak armature or resin that will melt in the sun. Anyone living in Tucson who owns a toilet or swimming pool knows about calcium deposits. Mr. Moutafis was on the committee who selected the fountain at Lambert and La Canada. The committee might have considered budgeting for a pumice stone when they selected the fountain, or perhaps more wisely selected something that demanded less upkeep.

We are hopeful the city, when considering a “comprehensive overhaul of the public art ordinance,” will provide clear guidelines for owners, developers and builders on how to incorporate art into their projects. They should also consider fair bidding practices for public art. Currently, the owners of a development are often given a short list of artists to choose from rather than opening the bidding to the many eager and qualified artists who call Arizona home.

Sam Cook, Diane Loving, Judie McEwen


What’s the emergency with road, golf hole?

Which came first: The Town of Oro Valley (1974) or the construction of the Hilton El Conquistador Golf Club and Course (1985)?

The town saw no problems when the private Country Club designed and built the Fourth fairway adjacent to La Canada Drive (1985). Unbelievable.

There has been no emergency about errant golf balls threatening Oro Valley residents from 1985 to 2008 (23 years). This emergency arose only when the town widened La Canada Drive. Give me a break.

The Country Club has the liability for any potential damage by errant golf balls, not the town.

However, the town is saying the public health, safety, and welfare of the citizens are in jeopardy. What a major threat. Besides, TOV can get a loan from the Highway Expansion and Extension Program ($420,000 tax dollars) to pay for a private matter.

So, who cares? I do.

John Musolf

Oro Valley

Wavering in District 26 Senate? Look at the Democrat

Al Melvin has been a disgrace to the people in District 26. He has terrible ability to follow through on any of his agenda items, and we need a serious change.

While Mr. Hershberger is a better candidate than Al’s No Pal, I agree with Rex Scott’s assessment that Cheryl Cage is a better candidate for our district than either of the Republican candidates.

If you are truly a bi-partisan thinker or a wavering Republican, at least hear Cage talk. I think you’ll like her no-nonsense approach to our current problems.

George Raymond

Dove Mountain

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