Save the Pershing Square Monuments
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Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles was last redesigned in 1994. That layout has been found to be lacking in various respects, leading to a design competition hosted by Pershing Square Renew under the direction of Councilman Jose Huizar. On May 12, 2016, Agence Ter was selected as the competition winner, with a simple, lawn plan. However, the proposed design leaves unresolved numerous questions about the disposition of the park's existing historic elements, comprised of three statues (among them the city landmark Spanish American War Memorial), metal plaques and spoils of war (cannon).
We are calling on the Department of Recreation and Parks, Pershing Square Renew, Councilman Jose Huizar, the Art, Parks and River Committee of City Council and design team Agence Ter to honor the history of Pershing Square, L.A.'s oldest park, with a commitment to retain the park's historic monuments on site and return them to their traditional locations within the park. We also call for the return of the highly-decorated 18th century bronze siege cannon removed from the park at the time of the 1951 redesign (presently at the Maritime Museum in San Pedro), the return or recreation of the two missing plaques honoring Mrs. Willoughby Rodman and Arbor Day (1919) and Benny, A Squirrel (1935), and the restoration of the truncated base of the landmark Spanish American War Memorial.
To learn more about Pershing Square's historic monuments, visit the Pershing Square Restoration Society website. See our petition calling for the restoration of John Parkinson's 1910 Pershing Square here.
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