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City to consider Burning Man sculpture in Fremont Park

Original post made on Feb 10, 2020

The Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday will consider allowing an 18-foot-tall sculpture that was originally featured at the Burning Man festival to be temporarily installed in Fremont Park, in the city's downtown area.

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18 people like this
Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 10, 2020 at 1:26 pm

Yuck. Spend the $16,000 on something truly beneficial to the residents of the city.

Get the cost down to $16.00 then place it on the old dump site at the end of Marsh Rd. Preferably behind or within a stand of thick bushes.


26 people like this
Posted by Kyle Vogel
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 10, 2020 at 1:32 pm

The “cost” is zero. This looks like an interesting piece that will inspire wonder and discussion among families.

Make this happen!


26 people like this
Posted by 94025
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 10, 2020 at 2:51 pm

LOVE this!! Menlo Park is so lacking in public art. We need to show our kids – and everyone – it's value. Whether individuals hate, like, or love it, it starts a great conversation!


17 people like this
Posted by Cayo
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 10, 2020 at 5:10 pm

Fascinating sculpture! How will it be anchored at the park? My concern is that children will climb on it, and it must be safe.


8 people like this
Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 11, 2020 at 10:13 am

Like I said Kyle, spend the money on something beneficial to the residents. The money given could go to arts projects or classes in local/city youth programs.

How many Burning Man aficionado could there be in MP.


19 people like this
Posted by Enuff
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 11, 2020 at 1:07 pm

Please don't put this oversized, ungainly sculpture in our one and only downtown park.
Instead, please replant grass where the tanbark is, and let us enjoy a bit of nature in our downtown.


19 people like this
Posted by Please no
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Feb 11, 2020 at 5:40 pm

Please don't put this thing in our park that is otherwise surrounded by natural beauty. This is a place people want to spend time at peacefully—not see "distorted reflections" of the world. We don't need incomprehensible "art" that makes people feel anxious and weird by design.


14 people like this
Posted by Vera
a resident of Portola Valley: Brookside Park
on Feb 11, 2020 at 6:53 pm

Who's gonna keep it clean and shinny?


10 people like this
Posted by Captain Tom
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 12, 2020 at 9:07 pm

This sculpture looks like a "statement" piece, one that belongs someplace where it will be seen by many people, preferably as they enter our fine city.

There's already at least one such a location, one that is already proven to be suitable for a public-space sculpture.

May I suggest that we use the new sculpture to replace the tired old abstract 'pile of rock/concrete couches' sculpture that has haunted Willow Oaks Park along Willow Rd. at Coleman Ave.? Must that couch sculpture stay there indefinitely?


9 people like this
Posted by Brooke
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 13, 2020 at 11:58 am

If the sculpture is placed in Fremont Park, please do not place it where it conflicts with viewing/watching music in the park.


12 people like this
Posted by Pv visitor
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Feb 14, 2020 at 7:44 am

WHY ? Such a pretty park now. Save the $$


6 people like this
Posted by Enuff
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 14, 2020 at 1:32 pm

And this 18-ft-tall Burning Man abstract sculpture would greatly distract from the beautiful and festive Christmas lights the city puts on the tall tree nearest the corner every year.
Come to think of it, it would distract from the glorious redwoods all year long.
Fremont Park is a very small park--our tiny oasis in the downtown. We need to preserve it as our little bit of nature on our downtown street.
It would also be detrimental to our summer arts and crafts fair when people want to sit on the grass in Fremont Park and dance to music.
This sculpture would an eyesore in our park.
Not the place for it at all!


4 people like this
Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 17, 2020 at 9:15 am

What connection does Menlo Park have with Burning Man? I’m not aware of one. Why not put up a statue to John Fremont for whom the Park is named.


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