Comments for: Bangor panel approves moving West Market Square sculpture

Posted April 04, 2012, at 8:56 p.m.
Last modified April 05, 2012, at 5:56 a.m.

BANGOR | The stainless steel sculpture that has graced the center of West Market Square for 37 years soon move. Pending City Council approval, “Continuity of Community” — the 10-foot-wide, 6-foot-tall elliptical sculpture created by artist Charles Battle Fitz-Gerald — will be moved to the end of the Bangor …

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  • While we’re at it, let’s move Paul Bunyan to the Waterfront.
    http://www.bangorbytes.com/p/free-paul.html

    • Anonymous

      How about moving that eyesore to Bob Cimbollek’s house. It would slow down traffic !

    • Little Red

       I’m still MAJORLY annoyed that the new auditorium is named “Hollywood Casino”. I have seen first hand the destruction that gambling causes families. It’s not good for the community or it’s citizens..At least not the 99%.

      • Anonymous

        Huh? The arena has no name yet.

      • Anonymous

        The new auditorium has no name other than the generic Bangor Events Center.  I’m hoping that changes soon with some naming rights sale.  It’ll benefit all concerned. 

        Your statement is false.  Gambling in general is NOT harmful to the vast majority who occasionally gamble.  Nor is it harmful to the community.  Especially in Bangor.  The exciting things that are happening in Bangor have grown much greater since Hollywood Casino came to town.

      • Anonymous

        The auditorium has no name yet.  The city will be taking proposals and bids in the coming months.  Hollywood Casino is the name of the privately-owend casino across the street.  

    • I’ll second that.

  • Anonymous

    That is too bad. I have seen that there for years and it symbolizes that area.

  • Anonymous

    We’ve endured a dozen years of the council clamping down on waterfront development; the council  micro-managing every piece fence and brickwork laid there; the council blustering about the beautiful park (along side an industrial river, with a view of Brewer’s oil tanks and neglected shore, with stored docks dumped on it more months than not).  Now we find out that  the council decides this sacred and valuable property will be the final resting place of the city’s least loved piece of art?  Really?  We’ve moved a lot of dirt piles, railroad ties, trash and unwanted art.  At some point some meaningful development on the river would be interesting.

  • BJ Kitchin

    I think this is a sensible and thoughtful move.  I have to admit, there is some grief for me.  I spent a lot of my younger years loitering on the fountain. :)  Still, designing WMSQ to be more event friendly makes good sense.  I am happy to see downtown evolve.

  • Anonymous

    Towns are at the mercy of whomever was elected. Some of the time the voters made a mistake based upon misinformation during the campaign. Who asked for the sculpture? Does it suit the waterfront?  Oh, well, debating a sculpture is the least of our worries for this country.

  • Anonymous

    About time they got rid of that fountain nothing but a mess with kids dumping soap in it

    • Little Red

       I was one of those kids who put soap in that fountain about 30 years ago. Still a fun memory so the move is making me feel a tad bit nostalgic.  :)

      • Anonymous

        I remember you jk )

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  • JimmyJ

    and quickly clean up, new landscape, new park benches that eyesore West Market square that this city has allowed to deteriorate over the years

  • So….where are they going to put the Christ…err, Holiday Tree?

  • Anonymous

    Thank god.  THis is one of the least-inspiring pieces of pbulic art that I have ever seen.  And it totally screws up the “square”.  The lack of maintenance hasn’t helped.

  • Pav

    Everyone is saying improvement but all I see is emptying the middle of town.

  • No offense to current and future loiterers, :),  but this is great news. Opening up West Market Square will continue the revitalization of downtown  Bangor. 
    As a relatively recent immigrant to the area, it’s amazing to me what has happened over the last 2-3 years in that space. When my wife and I moved here from Minneapolis 9 years ago, downtown Bangor was D-E-A-D after 7 PM, even on weekend nights . Now its lively and hopping all the time. Bars, food, live music, interesting shops. We need to keep this going.

  • BTW – I actually like the sculpture but never got the placement. Like the relationship between a painting and its frame, a sculpture needs to be sited correctly. Hopefully this will allow them to get it right this time.

  • Anonymous

     Will we still be able to make a Bubble Bath ?

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