Here are a few more readers’ thoughts on the city of San Diego potentially de-installing 12 sculptures on Park Boulevard.

Michael Richards:

I would be willing to bet there is not one out of a hundred persons who have driven Park Blvd even gave a thought, let alone a good look at those “signs.” Most of us in the real world would not call them a sculpture, just a cute sign paid for by public money, which could just have easily been done by kids doing an art project.

It is way past the time to remove them and may I suggest put out a notice for “free to the highest bidder” as there are plenty of “freelance recycling persons” running around town just to pick up scrap metal.

Diana Puig:

Re-install, don’t de-install “Night Visions”!

I have enjoyed this art for decades and I look for it to be there when I pass by car or on foot and I hope to enjoy it or decades more. I always felt this was a perfect roadside complement to our urban park. It is a perfect time now to restore this beautiful and progressive contribution to Balboa Park by artist Roberto Salas, and to consider adding new pieces specific to the 2015 centennial celebration.

This timeframe also marks just past a quarter century for “Night Visions” which should be celebrated! The suggestion that these pieces have outlived an expected time frame should be a positive point. Rejoice! Something lasted longer than we hoped. Art does not expire. It does however deserve to be maintained. “Night Visions” is a treasure for Park Boulevard, Balboa Park and San Diego, and it needs and deserves to be restored.

This is the work of a local San Diego artist who is recognized and works internationally. Roberto Salas has a pulse on culture and community, and is in tune with the art world yet his art speaks to all. He gives back to the community and to the youth of San Diego. He cares about San Diego and I believe it shows in the vibrant, thoughtful, and beautiful pieces he has around our city. It is so important to continue to support our local artists and the energy that their work creates for those of us who call this place home. “Night Visions” was progressive at the time in 1988 and the pieces are still relevant and modern today. “Night Visions” is deserving of an overhaul and an upgrade. They have earned that. I would be excited to see what Roberto Salas creates for us now. Let’s keep “Night Visions”!

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Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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