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Treat sculptures with respect

A man in the plaza today putting a coffee mug on the sculpture.

by Matt Marquardt –

I hope the MCPD is watching.

Just today artists from around the region came to Mason City to personally help install their sculptures on limestone pedestals in the cultural crescent in the downtown area.

I talked with a few of them; really good people.  I believe the artists paid for all the materials used in their sculptures.

I’m all for the project, minus using public money, but that’s been covered.

Now that they are here, I hope they are not messed with and treated respectfully.

It has been said that security cameras will be installed later to keep watch.

Unfortunately, I came back downtown this afternoon, and people were already messing with the sculptures.

One man put his coffee mug on the “Gone Fishing” sculpture.  Was he trying to harm the sculpture, I don’t really think so, but I fear this is the tip of the iceberg.

Then, about two minutes later, I saw a group of young men making odd gestures and climbing on the “bottoms up” sculpture, standing on the pedestal groping it.

In a few hours, the drinking will begin downtown.

I hope the MCPD is watching.

“Bottoms Up” sculpture on East State Street.
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