Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Sinkholes, Metal Trees and Giant Flakes

An additional series of coloured pieces of scrap metal sculpted into shapes resembling psychedelic trees are soon to appear in downtown London. The first 32 "artistic" creations cost approximately $200,000, paid for by the London Downtown Business Association. It should be recalled that the LDBA is funded by mandatory fees collected from downtown merchants. No word on how much the additional 48 trees are to cost, but on the pragmatic side of things, they might prove useful when it comes to filling in further sinkholes.

[Head of the London Downtown Business Association, Bob] Usher said the number of metal trees will grow to 80 and LDBA will also contribute $10,000 to the planting of real trees. He said the mural on the King Street face of Galleria London has also attracted national attention and he promised it would be the first of "many more to come."

In an interview, Usher said much of the pessimism about downtown revitalization has vanished.

"We haven't had so much to celebrate in a long time and we are working hard to keep the momentum," said Usher.

The LDBA also unveiled a new logo and a new shared website with Mainstreet London,
In other downtown news, global warming can't steal away the magic of Canadian winters. Even if it doesn't snow, some giant flakes will soon appear in the core at the bargain rate of only $80,000.
"We have a great downtown. We should have more spectacular decorations," MainStreet London manager Janette MacDonald said.

Measuring up to 1.7 metres in diametre, the snowflakes use white, blue and purple LED lights.

About 80 snowflakes will be installed along Dundas Street and part of Wellington Street.

"They're very wintry, not just Christmasy so they can stay up right through January," MacDonald said.

The displays are owned and installed by the city but the London Downtown Business Association (LDBA) is contributing $20,000 toward the total cost of about $80,000.
The echo in the sewers is that a giant statue to our Worship Anne-Marie DeCicco-Best and creative cities mastermind Gord Hume are next on the agenda. The London Fog waits with abated breathe for further inspiration. We will be applying for a Community Arts Investment Grant to further our diverse agenda. A list of this year's recipients can be found here in pdf format.


Elaine said...

In an interview, Usher said much of the pessimism about downtown revitalization has vanished.-Usher lfp

I will have some of whatever drugs he is on.

Relity check. We have a city council with no leader. We have a downtown ward with a councilor with about as much passion as a fence post. We have a gaggle of socialist ganders who are working hard to turn business away from the city.

What do you suppose are the chances of this city detoriating to the point of no return on their watch?

marginalizedactiondinosaur said...

the City can always return,

Troy was utterly destroyed several times.

Richard said...

I remember seeing those metal
trees outside a shop just off
the 401 in Woodstock I believe.
I thought they were headed
for a shopping mall.

Ww said...

Seems to me we saw something similar in Mississauga some 15+ years ago ...

You might be interested in this post on the art in London's underground

which looks like this

When the indulgent nanny state becomes even more indulgent there is no stop[ping at what they will spend our money on...