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Pappas Sculpture Scheduled for Removal Summer 2020
This from the city: After five years of discussion, the Public Art Committee unanimously voted to have the piece decommissioned once they realized that:
- there are numerous safety concerns due to the condition of the sculpture,
- renovation is not cost-effective,
- any treatment would alter the look of the sculpture,
- and changing the look of the sculpture invokes the Visual Artists Rights Act, a U.S. law which grants rights to artists to prevent distortion, mutilation, or modification that would prejudice the author’s honor or reputation.
Last month the City put a call out for bids on the removal of the artwork to ensure that the cost of removing the piece would not be greater than renovating it. It is now clear that the cost will be at least $15,000 more than to have it renovated. This still wouldn’t address the kinds of visual modifications that would be necessary to bring it back, which would violate the Visual Artists Rights Act.
Our final steps in the City are to notify City Council and put out a request for proposals for a new home for the artwork. If you know of anyone who may be interested in the sculpture, please let the city know and they will send you the RFP.
Monroe Park is now considered a priority site for public art when a future opportunity arises. Katherine Ali KAli@eugene-or.gov will send out a call for Selection Committee Members to the Jefferson Westside Neighbors when a budget is identified for artwork for the Monroe Park.
Sculpture in Monroe Park Background
The recent press over the final stage of the decision on the repair or removal of the Pappas sculpture in Monroe Park has, as expected, drawn a lot of public concern, including charges that the process was not public or transparent.
First, the JWN and Friends of Monroe Park group have not taken a position on the Pappas sculpture. Our only demands have been that the city either take steps to repair and maintain it or to remove it. It cannot just be left to rot.
The JWN would like to emphasize that there has been a robust public outreach effort concerning this issue starting in the spring of 2016 when the Public Arts Commission contacted us about the sculpture’s future. This process included:
- A presentation and discussion at a JWN monthly meeting (agenda was advertised).
- Multiple articles in our monthly eNews
- Extensive coverage on our Friends of Monroe Park page.
- An article in our Summer 2016 Newsletter delivered to every address in the JWN
- Postings and stories on the JWN Facebook page
- Multiple posts on the Monroe Park listserv
- City posted notices at Monroe Park
- Multiple notices on JWN sandwich boards positioned at the corner of Monroe and W. Broadway and by the Monroe Park play area.
Your neighborhood association is staffed by volunteers and we can only do so much to inform the residents of the JWN. We would argue that, in fact, we do quite well in getting the word out on issues of potential concern. However, it is incumbent on neighbors to take responsibility for being aware of neighborhood issues signing up for our eNews, friending us on the JWN Facebook page, reading our twice-a-year newsletter, watch for our 2-3 postcards a year, and visiting this website.
For more detailed information see the Pappas sculpture coverage at the bottom of this page.
Parks are open but playgrounds are closed – maintain 6 feet between people to stop viral spread!
Bathrooms should be opened (and portable toilets removed) around June 8.
Spring/Summer 2020 Monroe Park Work Parties.
Sunday, May 31 [Adams St. weed and mulch + bathroom beds] 9am-12pm
Sunday June 28 [W. Broadway weed and mulch + central copse of trees area] 9am-12pm
July 26 [Monroe St.] 12-3pm [install weed cloth in problem areas]
August 30 [W.10th Ave.] 9am-12pm
Annual Monroe Park 2020 Spring Mulch-Mania Work Parties!
First work party after the stay-at-home order was May 31. We have between 25 and 30 volunteers, so about 83 volunteer hours with a value (@$23 NMG rate) of almost $2000! Volunteers supplied our own tools and city brought in the loads of mulch. We weeded, trimmed and mulched Adams, the area around the restrooms, and parks of W. Broadway and W. 10th as well as some other clean-up.
Annual Monroe Park 2019 Spring Mulch-Mania Work Parties!
Over a dozen neighbors pitched in over two different work party dates, weeded and put down mulch. Check out the work on the Monroe St. side!
2018 JWN Annual Picnic and Potluck a EUG Success!
Despite the heat, more than 150 neighbors showed up to share food, eat pie, and listen to music from Calamity Jazz. Thanks to all our volunteers who made the picnic possible!
Calling all Artists and Performers for Art@Monroe Park
Looking to get your Art on? Join the JWN and Friends of Monroe Park by bringing art and performance to summer evenings at Monroe Park. ArtCity and CALC (Community Alliance of Lane County) are already on board. Create art and community, promote your school, projects, and yourself. Have fun. Help us keep the park clean, green, safe, and full of positive Eugene culture.
Monroe Park Annual Spring Clean-up and Mulch Mania a huge success! 17 neighbors pitch in.
JWN Executive Board member Eric Dil hauls some mulch
Ward 1 Councilor Emily Semple dives in
Special Notice on the Pappas
We are the Friends of Monroe Park – Join us!
The FOMP has 52 members, here is a partial list:
Kevin Burns (FOMP Steering Committee)
Ted M. Coopman (JWN Executive Board and FOMP Facilitator)
Nancy Hafner (FOMP Steering Committee)
Joe Potter (FOMP Steering Committee)
Monroe Park Text Alert System
To facilitate timely responses to park problems in real-time, such as calling EPD, the FOMP is forming a text tree alert system. Contact email@example.com to get involved.
Past@Monroe Park Updates
[March 7] Pappas Scultpture
The city is moving to decommission the park sculpture (see details on this ongoing process begun in 2016 below) If you have strong feelings one way or the other make a comment via the survey: Public Comment: “Walking Man” art in Monroe Park Survey
Merry-go-Round – this feature is under repair and will be back.
Park Lighting – Staff has recently decreased wattage of the LED replacement bulbs and changed the wavelength of light to a warmer softer color. These two steps have made the replacement bulbs function close to the original sodium vapor bulbs that came with the lights. This is our best solution until the lighting system is renovated with new fixtures made to direct the light downward and made for LED lamps.
[October 2017] Neighbors Meet with EPD Chief Kerns, Parks, and Councilor Semple on Monroe Park Problems
On going issues such as fighting, noise, drug and alcohol use, smoking, and litter with groups of disorderly evening park users resulted in neighbors calling in city representatives for a meeting last Saturday. Fifteen neighbors joined Chief Kerns, Councilor Semple, Ken Wofford from Parks, and others to discuss options. EPD has been called in multiple times in the past few weeks and Monroe is the #1 EPD hot-spot. The group collectively pledged to take several strategies to mitigate the problems.
Neighbors of Monroe Park are organizing to address problem evening behaviors and to seek short, medium, and long-term solutions. Teams are forming to investigate:
- Feasibility of a special permit parking district
- Attracting programed activities such as sports and events
- Volunteer landscaping projects
- Trash and neighbor positive presence patrols
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
The JWN and FOMP have also formed a working group with EPD, Parks, and Ward 1 Councilor Emily Semple to coordinate action on keeping the park clean, green, and safe.
[July 2017] Parks moved the third trash can to a better location, repaired the huge divots in the play area padding, cut back the height of the street side foliage, edged, and repaired padded play ground surfaces. Combined with the stepped up trash patrols by both parks and volunteers the park looks great.
Help us keep the park safe by reporting any illegal activity (camping, drugs/alcohol use, etc.) or homeless in distress to the Eugene Police Department via the non-emergency # (541) 682-5111 (hit 1-1-1 to skip prompts) [program into your phone]. For homeless in distress they will call CAHOOTS. If people are being aggressive, threatening, or violent call 911.
For park problems including trash, graffiti, vandalism, or needed repairs file a report via Park Watch.
Making reports indicates community engagement and creates data that can be used to advocate for resources.
The JWN is sponsoring the formation of a Friends of Monroe Park group. The goal is to create an active community of park users and neighbors to advocate, protect, and preserve this valuable cultural resource. The group seeks to build relationships with Eugene Parks and Open Space, the Eugene Police Department, and other city agencies to attract resources and attention to the park. We are motivated to act by the many opportunities and challenges for Monroe Park and felt that it was time to take direct action to ensure that the Park is a safe and attractive shared place for ALL respectful users.
Challenges and opportunities include:
- The debate over the future of the large park sculpture
- Plans by Parks and Open Space to remodel many city parks – organized groups may be able to get priority and we want assay in what is done
- The issues of illegal camping, noise, trash and other problematic activities (exacerbated by increased police presence in the Park Blocks pushing problem users into the adjacent neighborhoods)
- Revisiting bathroom access
- Consider a reduction of evening park hours (current open until 11 pm) except for events
We envision lots of ways for people to get involved. Contact Ted [ email@example.com ] to become a Friend of Monroe Park!
In the News
Full 30-Year Vision for Parks and Recreation, Capital Project List with Draft Priorities
March 8, 2017
Download pdf: FullProjectList_with_Intro
Check out this article in the January 15, 2017 Register Guard
Eugene residents want parks and recreation upgrades, but city struggles to find money for them:
City staff are looking at revenue options, including possible taxes and fees
Monroe Park (Paul Pappas) Sculpture
Read the full City of Eugene Report on the sculpture, its’ history, and the discussion on its’ future. It needs expensive repair work and more regular maintenance: e_monroe_park_pappas_city_rd-1
Public Arts Program Pappas Sculpture Survey and Public Comments
In September 2016 Issac Marquez for Eugene Arts in Pubic Places spoke to the JWN on behalf of the Public Arts Committee (PAC) on the future of the Pappas sculpture in Monroe Park. The JWN facilitated public comments via our eNews and a survey of Jefferson Westside residents. The pubic comments period is now closed.
The city received 12 emailed comments and 51 survey responses.
56% want the sculpture removed due to being ugly/eyesore, that is was dated/bad art, was unsafe /not durable, and the expense of maintaining it. The estimated $15,000 minimum cost of a rehab and the ongoing costs to maintain it should be used for other purposes.
44% would like the sculpture to stay and get repaired because it is fun/funky, attractive, historic, is important to our neighborhood character, and were skeptical that repairs would cost as much as estimated.
UPDATE (October 2017)
It appears Parks is moving forward with the process to remove the Pappas sculpture. Stay tuned for information on the final public comment period.
UPDATE (March 9, 2017)
The Public Art Committee voted to “Deaccession the sculpture and explore options to replace the sculpture with art of some form within the park.” After formal notification there will be a 60 day comment window after which the PAC will review responses from the artist and/or public and re-evaluate their original recommendation for deaccession.
Parks and Public Art are exploring possible funding sources for new art at Monroe Park.
Since residents of the JWN have the closest relationship and knowledge of the artist, if the sculpture is indeed deaccessioned, the PAC would like to work with anyone interested to make plans for the “after-life” of the artwork. Parks and Public Art feels this is the best opportunity to respectfully manage the artist’s work without being able to work with him directly.
Stay tuned here for more information on the process, public meetings, and assisting in the deciding the the ultimate of the sculpture.