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Public Comments on the $48 Thousand Dollar Art Project in Howard Amon Park.

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RICHLAND, Wash. - A lot of mixed opinions on the proposed $48,000 dollar art project to be built in Howard Amon park.

The Richland Art Commission held an open house Thursday to show the piece of art to the public. Art Commissioners said the 18' high and 15' wide metal sculpture symbolizes the past, present and future of Richland.

Some however have questioned spending thousands of dollars on an art project when the city of Richland has expressed budget concerns. But Art Commissioners said under the grant agreement from the Hotel/Motel lodging committee the money is only to be used for either tourism promotions or improvements to a tourism facility. In this case Howard Amon Park is the facility and the project does not come out of the cities budget.

People are now divided on whether or not this design would fit the park.

Longtime resident and former Richland Parks and Recreation Commissioner Jon Erlandson opposes the art project, saying it doesn't reflect the history of Richland. "I'm sure this artist is a really nice guy and I'm sure the people on the Arts Commission are very nice people, but I think it's a ridiculous piece to put on there and I think it's the worst place you can possibly put it," said Erlandson.

The Art piece will be located along the shoreline at the end of Lee Boulevard. Michael Rastovich uses the park often and said the location doesn't bother him and thinks the art project would be a great addition to the park. "You look at it, it's cool. I don't care what it means. A lot of people are complaining they want salmon and pioneers but I think we need something that just shines in the sun and looks cool in the park."

Public comment will be welcomed when the arts commission takes the proposal to the Richland City Counsel for a vote.

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