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Artist’s rendering of the $8 million sculpture by world-renowned artist Jeff Koons to be showcased at the downtown arena plaza.
Artist’s rendering of the $8 million sculpture by world-renowned artist Jeff Koons to be showcased at the downtown arena plaza. Sacramento Kings

Sculpture should relate to area

Re “Sculpture riles local artists” (Page A1, March 5): $8 Million for an “iconic” cartoon character? I think the city and the Kings can do better.

How about something artistic that really relates to Sacramento. Like perhaps a plaza full of trees – real or otherwise – that would not only provide much-needed shade from the searing summer sun but also reflect Sacramento as the City of Trees? Or how about some water features (recycled water, of course) that reflects the city’s river roots? Come on, people, Sacramento deserves a better piece of artwork to showcase at the new arena that citizens are backing with more than $255 million.

Save Koons for the Crocker, where he belongs.

Chuck Robuck, Newcastle

Piglet to the rescue

A sculpture known as Piglet to be placed in front of an arena being paid for with public subsidies by a renowned artist known for his cynicism is probably more appropriate than those who protest are aware and possibly more inappropriate than those approving it would ever know.

All of which makes living in Sacramento a really great and enjoyable place to be. I don’t know why the protesters are upset about the additional $1.5 million for local art, but that, too, is part of the wonderment of Sacramento.

Robert Gorham, Sacramento

Shiny, plastic sculpture

Now that we have a world-class arena, designed by renowned architects from far and wide, let’s not put a gigantic, garish plastic Legoland flower bomb in the front. Why not put something there that complements, rather than competes with, the arena? The Kondos-inspired images of the Sacramento airport are examples of graceful, haltingly beautiful local talent. Let’s shoot for something in that vein.

Margaret Lewis, Sacramento

Give us local art to dislike

I don’t like the proposed “Coloring Book #5” sculpture but wasn’t going to say anything. After reading objections, however, I’ve decided that I might as well not like something from local artists. So skip Jeff Koons – go for an original from here.

MaryGene Page, Fair Oaks

Kitsch seems appropriate

There has been much protest about the choice – without public input – of a Jeff Koons sculpture for the new Kings arena.

Au contraire, I think. We have already demonstrated Sacramento’s inverted cultural priorities, with large amounts of public money going to a privately held sports team, instead of to support classical music or the Crocker Art Museum. Under the circumstances, multimillion-dollar kitsch seems to me to be perfectly appropriate.

Elizabeth Shattuck, Sacramento

Have higher goals

Re “Deal for public art at arena is too good to pass up” (Editorials, Feb. 27): While the purchase of a Jeff Koons sculpture for the arena might be a good financial deal for Sacramento, the City Council should consider the deeper purpose of putting this or any other work of art on public display.

Koons is an artist of great renown, so much so that a piece like “Coloring Book” is ubiquitous and commonplace in the world. Many world-class cities around the globe have a piece by Koons on public display, and it is unlikely Sacramento’s will stand out anymore than the others.

Sacramento deserves a piece of public art that is both unique and truer to its character – less gloss and more sincerity. The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission should find the next Jeff Koons and give him or her the necessary resources to make the most significant public commission of their career. That would garner national attention and put Sacramento on the art world’s map.

Ryan Frank, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Republicans need to do more

Re “GOP takes a small step toward equality” (Editorial, March 3): As the former chair of the Democratic Party in Sacramento, I applaud the Republican Party for acknowledging the Log Cabin club.

Democrats have proudly had gay clubs for decades. I will say Republicans have to do more. They need to make up for past sins against the gay community. Accepting Log Cabin is only the first step.

Gary Miller, Roseville

Carson’s theory about gays

Re “Homosexuality a choice, Carson says in interview” (Page A6, March 5): Timing is everything in life, especially politics. Last weekend, the gay Log Cabin faction of the GOP officially was recognized by Republican Party leaders at their state convention in Sacramento.

Days later, Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon who is weighing a run for the GOP presidential nomination, announced his theory that being gay is a person’s choice. As proof, he cited prisoners who began their incarceration as straight men, but when they were released they walked out gay.

What is it with politicos who defy common sense and logic?

I don’t know how Log Cabin gays feel about the good doctor, but I do know this: The next time Carson makes another breakthrough announcement, he’d better have several Nobel Prize-winning scientists standing by his side. Without them, he’ll make comedian Roseanne Barr, who once sang “The Star Spangled Banner” completely off-key, sound like Barbra Streisand.

Denny Freidenrich, Laguna Beach


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