Michael DiPasquale: Opposes placing sculpture in Pulaski Park

Published: 4/2/2018 1:23:50 PM
Opposes placing sculpture in Pulaski Park

I was very involved in the community process to redesign Pulaski Park.

I live in Northampton and am also a licensed architect and urban planner, with many years experience in the design of public spaces.

Based on the information presented in Tuesday’s Gazette article (“Should city allow sculpture in Pulaski Park?”), I oppose locating Ann Jon’s sculpture in the “cafe” area of the park.

Here are my reasons:

The “cafe” area of the park was much discussed during the public design process for Pulaski Park. The concept for this area was to create an inviting and highly transparent/open space to better connect the park to Main Street. The sculpture (almost 9 feet tall and 14 feet, 6 inches long) will detract from this.

The “cafe” area was purposely designed to be very flexible, with movable tables and chairs that could be relocated and configured in unlimited ways. The large sculpture will detract from this flexibility.

The process to redesign Pulaski Park took many years, with many meetings and design review. I attended most, if not all of these meetings. I do not remember any discussion about installing art in the park, especially in the “cafe” space.

Finally, the sculpture is proposed to be “temporary.” But that was also the case with the large, rusting steel sculpture that stood on the courthouse lawn for many years. Is there any guarantee that a sculpture in Pulaski Park will really be temporary?

There are many other locations in Northampton that are better suited for Ann Jon’s sculpture.

Michael DiPasquale


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