Thursday, December 10, 2015

Keep Them Doggies Movin'

Hope

Why did the bovine cross the road?  To avoid a major demolition.

Hope the cow will move from her current location at 233 North Pleasant Street, the former Carriage Shops, to Realignment Park directly across the street at 236 North Pleasant Street, in front of a building owned by Barry Roberts.

The cow was fabricated as a combination public art project piggy bank with all the proceeds going to Craig's Doors homeless shelter.

The Design Review Board voted unanimously last night to approve the relocation although point person Jerry Gates said he would come back for approval of any smaller signs placed on Hope (like "Ride at your own risk").

The board also suggested she continue to face west after relocation so folks approaching her from Kendrick Park or town center will have a more inviting view of her sides rather than rear end.

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The Business Improvement District also submitted a letter of support pointing out they have cleaned up the public art space around "Relocation Park" and wish to see the popular cow stay in town center.

The relocation will need the approval of the Public Arts Commission and it is on their 12/17 agenda.  Chair Rene Theberge was also in attendance last night and seemed supportive.

The Amherst Select Board as "keepers of the public way" have final authority over the move and with this being an election year they are probably not going to want to mess with a popular downtown icon -- especially one named "Hope".

Hope (visible top center) would be located a few feet north of this art installation

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

What an ugly piece junk. Sorry, but it's the truth.

Anonymous said...

Until the building is torn down it isn't too late to bring back Loose Goose.

Larry Kelley said...

Yes, yes it is.

Anonymous said...

Feel free to do so, with the previous owner's permission if needed. Please keep the "jazz" theme if possible. Especially the Armstrong sandwich. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Pretty ugly.

Larry Kelley said...

In a cute sort of way.

Anonymous said...

I would like this thing, and its purpose, if it was well made and not dangerous. Kids that get on it risk getting hurt. I hate to see the town giving it a more prominent position as now it will never go away.

Anonymous said...

OMG DANGEROUS???? KEEP THE KIDS AWAY THEY COULD PINCH A FINGER

special font please

Anonymous said...

Even this goes through a town overseer.

Pretty soon we are going to be dealing with whether or not you got a permit to exist for another year, or you are allowed to keep your home, oh wait....

Anonymous said...

It's ugly and also "doggies" not "dogies."

Anonymous said...

Actually, it's "dogies"

Larry Kelley said...

Either way, I can't get the theme song out of my head.

Anonymous said...

Yes dogies. We're not sing about dogs.

Anonymous said...

On the next Donohue: The Dangers Of Eating With A Fork"

Anonymous said...

And i may be wrong but weren't said dogies "rollin'" rather than "movin'"? No matter, hardly a man is left alive who remembers the theme song or the show "Rawhide." Clint Eastwood notwithstanding.

Larry Kelley said...

Yeah, I'm sure you Googled it for the backstory.

Don't mess with Clint.

Or me.