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August 30, 2012

Garden Club member defends cross walk sculptures on Square

CENTERVILLE —  

Dear Editor,
 
Views of the garden sculptures placed on the east side of the Centerville square have been mixed. Some Iowegian posts have included the words "eyesore" and "hideous." While this obviously was never the Centerville Garden Club's intent, they would like to share their reasoning behind their latest purchase and edition to the "world's largest square."
The local Centerville Garden Club commissioned the sculptures from a local metal worker as a way to tackle a couple of issues and to continue their efforts to beautify the Centerville community. We like the possibility of the multiple uses these structures allow and would like to see the other crosswalks filled with the same trio of sculptures.
The major use of the sculptures is for safety issues. The structures should prove effective to prevent vehicular traffic in the pedestrian crosswalks. While no signage indicates the brick crosswalks are only for pedestrians, their presence prevents this traffic and hopefully makes the crosswalks safer. The original plans for the crosswalks had included curbs, which were never installed and would have had potential problems due to the way the street is used for local events.
A second use for the structures was to decorate the flower pots on the square in front of local businesses. In December and the winter months, most of these pots remain empty. The Garden Club believed the structures could add interest, provide the possibility for holiday decorations and make the square more festive.
During the rest of the year the sculptures could stand in the crosswalks. But even here there is the possibility of adding seasonal decorations to make them aesthetically pleasing and interesting. There is even the possibility that the sculptures could be used in interesting ways during Pancake Day, the Wine Fest and other events on the square. The club has some very artistic members with great ideas.

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