Fire station art proposal now online

Monday, September 29, 2008 | 4:58 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Community members can now view and comment on Fulton artist Jane Mudd's proposal for a publicly funded sculpture to be placed at the new Fire Station No. 7.

In June, the city's Standing Committee on Public Art chose Mudd from eight applicants to create the "site-specific" art through the Percent for Art program.

If the proposal is approved, the sculpture will sit at Green Meadows Road and Green Meadows Circle. The bronze relief sculpture will be attached to a wall of brick and limestone and will have seating next to it, a city news release stated.

Views of the work from all angles can now be seen on the city's Web site,

Also included on the Web site is Mudd's detailed description of the ideas behind her proposal. She said the sculpture shows Columbia residents' sense of service and solidarity, including homage to the Columbia Fire Department's part in that service.

Her working title, "In Gratitude," reflects the community's passionate response to her call for ideas, she said.

"I truly enjoyed listening to the vast array of people's thoughts, experiences and feelings on this project," Mudd said in her proposal.

The public is welcome to comment by online comment card on the Web site, by emailing, by mailing the Office of Cultural Affairs, P.O. Box 6015, Columbia, MO 65205, or by fax at (573) 874-7681. Comments will not be accepted after Oct. 9.

After that date, the city's Standing Committee on Public Art will evaluate Mudd's idea and pass its findings to the Commission on Cultural Affairs, which will then wait for the City Council's final go-ahead.

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Charles Dudley Jr September 29, 2008 | 5:28 p.m.

Oh great more fugly publicly funded art in our city when we have so many other uses for those public funds like more police officers so we can have more police patrols in the problem areas of our city where the crime rates are growing yearly.


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