Tomorrow (Wednesday) night, at the height of the heat, you can multitask by cooling off at Alki and joining in a meeting outside the Bathhouse, to help determine the future of the statue that might otherwise soon earn a nickname like “Liberty in Limbo.” Seems the replacement for the old one (Northwest Programs for the Arts photo at left) is done but fundraising for the “plaza” to surround the new one is not, so a community meeting is being called to discuss, among other things, whether to just install the new one and be done with it sooner, or carry on with the “plaza” project and see the installment happen later. Read the meeting organizers’ explanation, in their own words, after the click:
From organizers Paul & Libby Carr:
The Alki and West Seattle Community is at an important crossroads as we get ready to bring the newly recast Statue of Liberty back to her home on Alki Beach.
We have to make final strategic decisions between two choices:
New Plaza with a Higher Pedestal: If we decide to continue with the plans approved last year with input after several community meetings with architects Matt Hutchins and Chris Ezzell, we now need to form a new committee (the Seattle Statue of Liberty CommitteeÃ¢â‚¬â€Phase II) and do the necessary fundraising to finish the Statue base and surrounding plaza. This design clearly incorporates all the bricks (engraved pavers) sold earlier and has plenty of room for more. It is also specifically designed to make the statue less exposed to vandalism.
Using the old pedestal. Certain individuals on staff at the Parks Department would prefer that the new Plaza not be built because they just want to finish the project as quickly as possible. Because of various project delays caused by periods of inactivity by NPA and, ironically, additional ground engineering concerns expressed by the Parks Department, the CityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Park staff now feels badly the statue has not yet been replaced. Their solution for this delay is to place the newly cast statue onto the old pedestal, which may or may not include the brick pavers, and call it a day.
These are the two basic choices we will be discussing on Wednesday night. In addition, Libby and Paul will outline fundraising plans being considered so people can get a feel for what types of activities may come into play for raising the necessary funds to do the new plaza quickly.
Please bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnic dinners and/or non-alcoholic beverages as we have this meeting Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM at the Statue site on Alki Beach, west of the Bathhouse. If you care about the Statue and what this wonderful space will look like years into the future, you need to be there Wednesday, July 11, at 7:00 PM. See you then. We want to hear your voice.
Thanks. Libby and Paul Carr, Seattle Statue of Liberty CommitteeÃ¢â‚¬â€Phase II.
The architect plans mentioned above can be found here.