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Arts Leaders Brainstorm for Ideas to Brighten Fayetteville Street

Posted January 4, 2007

The future of Raleigh's downtown plaza was the topic of discussion Thursday night at a public meeting.

About 60 of the community's most creative and influential people put their heads together as they tried to come up with suggestions for the plaza that anchors the New Fayetteville Street.

Last year, city leaders rejected a design by world renowned artist Jaume Plensa. Critics said the structure of lights blocked the view down Fayetteville Street.

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  • jthiespowell Jan 7, 2007

    somebody somehow is going to go to jail over this.....you watch....someone will try to cut corners and put the money in their pocket. lol.

  • highergame4me Jan 5, 2007

    All ya gotta do is landscape, add trees, bushes, flowers, etc.....how much does it cost to figure that out?????

  • ralph2 Jan 5, 2007

    The thought of "Art" by “committee” is both puzzling and somewhat frightening. Committees never create Art. Artists create Art. Have you ever seen or heard of any work of Art at the Louvre or anywhere by a committee? No and neither have I. Why not open it to artists and artisans and allow them to register and make proposals. Let a committee select the 10 best from these proposals and then have them developed further in conjunction with the selected individuals. Yes this leaves the process open to nepotism but what doesn’t. Perhaps this has been already suggested but since there is little detail in your article, we have no way of knowing. Art by artists… It’s a novel idea.

  • nascarnutnc Jan 4, 2007

    Why not just cut to the chace and come up with the idea now instead of waiting 20 years this time, we could turn it into a mall. that would generate business downtown. Then we could turn it into a street again 20 years down the road to generate business downtown. And the cost to do it can increase significantly each time