Not Everyone is Happy With Coombs Creek Trail Art
A few weeks ago, I cracked the case on the appearance of mysterious colored statues along the Coombs Creek Trail. The 12 statues, I found out, were placed along the trail by East Kessler Park resident Joe Whitney — the furthest reaching the Stevens Park Golf Course. Some on this blog have enjoyed the little men as they climb up the sides of trees and fences, but one resident was not particularly happy with the installations.
An individual by the name of Kessler Park Resident sent me an email outlaying a particular bone they had with his project. Among the concerns are the men should be considered a destruction of public property and rivaled their appearance to spraying graffiti on the trees. While the means of their placement on the trail’s trees is a valid point, they continue to point out that the statues are a slippery slope:
“Next thing you know some other so called “artist” is going to put some other piece of ”crap-is-art” on the trees or walkway or paint the walkway or trees and it will just go on and on and the next thing you know the Trail will look like a gheto.”
— Kessler Park Resident
This resident is also planning on filing a complaint with the city and using the article I wrote as evidence. Great. But hey, at least someone else gets a chance to read what we do for the community.
Either way, my real thought is what all the residents think about the statues?
Is it art? Is it a violation? Does it inspire this much discussion? I’d would love to hear the thoughts of those for and against.