Councilors voted unanimously to send a request from Councilors Jason LaForest and Marie T. Harpin to test the viability of the repainted art to the General Government Committee with the amendment it would formulate questions for the city solicitor.
A dove of peace mosaic was designed by Ashfield artist Robert Markey, and Peter Vacchina, a Pittsfield native, installed his chestnut tree mosaic on opposite sides of the keystone arch that leads from the parking lot to the sidewalk.
We understand that some of the public may be tiring of this issue, but for folks like us, we continue to be willing to speak out on behalf of the children, and all others who contributed to the creation of the historic works reflecting the past economic life of the community and its ancestors.
While earlier meetings had focused on tightening up and clarifying general language, Monday's meeting returned to the commission's role in authorizing and approving public art projects and how to square that with the city charter that requires that the mayor has to sign any contract "where the amount involved is $2,000 or more."
The Public Arts Commission is hoping to bring some resolution to the painted-over murals on the Veterans Memorial Bridge through some type of community forum and compromise.
In the meantime, the commission is asking the artists involved in the so-called "pillar art" to hold off on submitting another application to test if the art can be restored.