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Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

City takes down, plans to repair totem pole artwork along McDonald Drive

January 28, 2013

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A leaning Tower of Pisa is fine. A leaning totem pole along a busy Lawrence street near Interstate 70 is not.

Lawrence motorists may notice that a long-standing piece of public art along McDonald Drive between Sixth Street and Interstate 70 has gone missing.

City officials on Monday, though, said it will be making a return in about a week.

Diane Stoddard, assistant city manager, said parks and recreation crews have removed the tall piece of artwork for repair, but they expect to reinstall the piece by the end of next week.

“It has been leaning a bit,” said Stoddard. “We realized we couldn’t really adjust it without removing it and putting in a new base.”

The piece, which is titled Totem, has been up since 1993 when the city commissioned the work as part of its Percent for Art program, which uses a percentage of public building funds to purchase public art.

The piece was created by Doug Coffin, an American Indian sculptor and painter.

Comments

frank mcguinness 1 year, 5 months ago

Haskell should also take a cue from the city and repair the matching totem in front of the Coffin Sports Complex.

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Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 5 months ago

Maybe the city ought to be generous and offer to split the cost of repairing that one 50-50. I tend to think the city has a lot more leeway in the budget than Haskell has.

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ScottyMac 1 year, 5 months ago

Is "English" used loosley in this city ??? "just through some words together and it'll due

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