2 works of art return to parks in Waterloo

WATERLOO (AP) — Two previously unsanctioned art pieces that were removed from Waterloo parks have been approved to be put back up.
The Waterloo Leisure Services Commission voted unanimously this week to allow the panels created by local artist Bret Miller to return to Liberty and Leavitt parks, The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported. The Liberty Park panel returned Tuesday.
The move comes after the public art committee endorsed the works through the Waterloo Center for the Arts, and members of the Liberty Park Neighborhood Association pushed for their return.
“I’m really, really excited about this,” said Schaenette Anway, president of the neighborhood association. “I think it’s important that we have art in our parks. It’s just part of our community.”
Miller said he’s been displaying his stencil-and-spray paint pieces in city parks for several years without seeking permission.
“I just saw a dirty old board hanging in a park and took it on myself to make it look better,” he said.
The commission was caught off guard when it discovered the panels, said Travis Nichols, project manager for the Leisure Services Commission.
“It was a situation where we didn’t know what to do,” Nichols said. “It was the first time we’d been approached to put artwork in parks, and we didn’t know the protocol.”
The commission noted that the city wouldn’t be responsible for maintaining or replacing the pieces if they become weathered or damaged. Commissioners also said that future works should be brought for approval first.
Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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