I first spoke with Conner, since he was by the door, then to David, as I was about to enter the auditorium, turned to Susan as she approached from the left, and lastly to Mayor Chris Alahouzos, a few minutes before the Candidate Forum commenced.
See livestream of forum: https://livestream.com/cityoftarponsprings/events/4657873/videos/185881298
I asked Susan about who to contact regarding the installation of the Naiads on the Dodecanese traffice circle. Whether City Manager Mark LeCouris, the Board of Commissioners or the Public Art Committee. I was confused as to whom to speak to regarding a design for the installation of the Naiads with a water feature. “Who’s in charge,” was what I wanted to know. At the last Board of Commissioners meeting it was not clear to me who would direct this project to completion.
Board of Commissioners/Board of Adjustments/Budget Advisory Board / Charter Review Committee / Civil Service Board / Code Enforcement Board / Heritage Preservation Board / Library Advisory Board / Parks & Recreation Advisory Board / Planning & Zoning Board / Public Art Committee / Technical Review Committe
Sure wished the ctsfl.us site had links to the names of all the Boards and Committees. I’ve been trying to find a list of just the Public Art Committee.
I at least found the name of the person who was responsible for bringing the Naiads to the City of Tarpon Springs, and I assume also a member of the Public Art Committee. Diane Gage 333 Bay St. She too was confused as to which number the Board was using to chose the final design. Perhaps having projected on the screen the 5 options would have simplified it for her. I however was online looking at the agenda for January 8, 2019 and not confused about the options. I initially agreed with City Manager, Mark LeCouris about eliminating the water feature.
Option 4 was agreed to by the Board of Commissioners since the boulders from Kalymos were already in Tarpon Springs waiting for the project to commence.
This is a view of the traffic city from the vantage point of the shops on Dodecanese. Do you notice how busy the area behind the circle looks? Can you imagine seeing the Naiads at this short distance without a wall to attract the eye towards it?
The size of the statues and stones from Kalymos are an unknown to Susan Miccio-Kitta and I. The circumference or diameter of the traffic circle is referred to in the pdf, as a “ten foot circle.” I will assume that this means a diameter of 10 feet.
Guessing maybe 5-6 feet tall, the statues would still be lost in that traffic circle if a background wall is not placed behind the statues to give the viewer a clear perspective of the statues.
The wall, could contain the reservoir, and pumps for a future solar system fountain.
the wall could presently be designed to contain the reservoir, and pumps for the wall.
Description of the wall for the Naiads.
The wall’s top could be covered with a mesh to prevent leaves and dust from entering the reservoir but allow rainwater to flow in towards the reservoir, thus filling the resevoir. The botton of the wall should have drainage holes to prevent the hollow wall from being inundated with water. Solar panels can be installed on the top of the wall.
The wall should curve parallel to the curve of the traffic circle. The curve should only be as wide, as to be able to frame the four statues.
The names of the statues could be placed on the wall so that people can appreciate and respect the artwork.
The wall should not enclose fully the traffic circle, thereby not interfering with the view of cars going towards the statues.