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Final Showing of PARTA Veterans Memorial Proposals

Final showings set for Dec. 11

Kent residents will get their last chance for public views this month of the three proposals for a new veterans memorial at the PARTA transit center under construction in downtown Kent.

PARTA will hold two final, public showings of the three proposals on Dec. 11 at 4 and 6 p.m. The proposals will be available for viewing in the boardroom at PARTA's Summit Street facility by Dix Stadium.

The three artists who submitted proposals for the new memorial are:

  • George Danhires, of Kent
  • Brinsley Tyrrell, of Ravenna
  • Mary Roberts, of Acworth, GA, and Timothy and Daniel Gay of Savannah, GA

PARTA will take all comments from the public along with input from its advisory selection committee in order to select a winning proposal by the end of the year.

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Jim Tucker December 03, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Why are the Kent Central Gateway artwork proposals not being displayed at the Kent Free Library? Could it be because PARTA does not want the public to see how weak these proposals really are? This project will be either a focal point or an eyesore for a long time to come. The proposals should be displayed at the Library for at least a month, and opinions solicited, before any decision is made. Second, even as a U.S. Army veteran, I question the need for another veterans memorial, especially in this location. A bus stop hardly seems the best place for "observers", according to the contest criteria, "who wish to pause and reflect on what our military means to them." Besides redundancy, this is simply an inappropriate location. Our best memorial to our veterans would be better care and services, not more bricks, mortar, flags and bronze. Third, public sculpture in a location with such high visibility should be of the highest artistic and civic merit. After a countrywide talent search, only three proposals were short-listed. Of those, the oversized flag is simply monstrous. Gaudy and out of scale, it is in-your-face when it should be contemplative. It is about flag-waving when it should be about people. Veterans are people. What sort of aesthetic and civic insult might take form on that site, chosen by some faceless panel who seem to be out of touch with appropriate use of that public space? Whatever it is, we will all be enjoying it, or stuck with it, for a very long time.
Hank December 03, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Mr. Tucker's sentiments are spot on. The idea that we need another veterans memorial is ludicrous. To add insult to injury is the fact that these 3 "memorials" are just awful. Where is it written that we need another veterans memorial anyway or is this what some committee dreamed up. Plain and simple this memorial idea is a poor use of public space and a waste of money.
Jason Mason December 04, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Jim and Hank are exactly right. The new bus station is a very inappropriate place for such a memorial; and a redundant one at that. The fact that the three designs are absolutely horrendous, possibly makes the memorial into an insult to our veterans. As I have mentioned for nearly 2 years, this $125,000 being thrown away on "artwork" would be better spent on benches and shelters along the urban/suburban routes; especially at popular stops like Center of Hope/CAC, Kent Social Services, etc. I want to see Parta Management waiting for the bus along the highway during a thunderstorm, or better yet, during a big sloppy, wet snow event in January as semi trucks and snowplows fling dirty wet salty slop all over you. Oh, and you can stand there forever because the buses are way off shedule, and may not show up at all! Who are the people running Parta? Why do they seem to hide?
Jim Williams December 04, 2012 at 04:49 AM
While I disagree that all the designs are bad, I agree that these funds are misplaced in doing another memorial. Public art is important to the community, and as the law is written, funds must be allocated, which is good. I believe PARTA needs to re-think this, and maybe commission something reflective of the progress being made in the city - looking forward, not backward for a change. As a veteran myself, I think what we currently have is adequate to celebrate those who served.
Jim Tucker December 04, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I wholeheartedly agree with Jim Williams. Public art, publicly funded, is a vital part of a vibrant community. Especially in a diverse university community such as Kent. Let's look forward.
Tom Riddle December 05, 2012 at 04:37 PM
It's amazing that this is going to go ahead with NO PUBLIC SUPPORT outside of the usual "wave the flag boys" crowd. I encourage everyone to write Parta: http://www.kentcentralgateway.com/contact.html I wrote them and I put pictures up here of what looks to be a huge blight on the community: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomasriddle/sets/72157629952903126/ I have PTSD, thanks to 18 months in a war zone. That was 20 years ago. This memorial brought it back.
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