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 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.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.