Thank you to Robert Yee Productions for making this video about my Earth and Cosmos Tile Mosaic Project in downtown Las Cruces, NM. Robert Yee made a series of videos on local Las Cruces artists on the youtube channel smartbob10.
At this time the Las Cruces City Manager, Stuart Ed, has decided not to grant a lease to the developer to fence an area of the La Placita Corridor. He encouraged the developer that if they wanted to move forward that they could take it to the Mayor and City Council. Stuart Ed felt La Placita is unified experience and the art and the space are integrated into one experience and valued by the community.
The City of Las Cruces is considering a proposal to lease about 85% of the sidewalk on the north side of La Placita to a private developer. La Placita is not a park, but instead considered a right of way like a road or a sidewalk. Yesterday, the developer revealed a new plan (see photo). The business is required by law to install a permanent fence since they plan to sell alcohol. The fence would be 6-12 inches away from the Sun and Earth ceramic mosaic. The fence will be opaque and about 42 inches tall. On Monday December 12th the City Manager will announce his decision, it will not go to City Council.
The main changes that will occur will be that 2 of the 5 planters will be removed on the north side and 2 of the 5 will become part of the leased property. Only one plantar will be accessible for public seating. In the photo pictured, the entire sidewalk on the left side would be fenced. How would a fence change you experience of the mosaic? City Manager, Stuart C. Ed at email@example.com by 11 am Monday morning.
The City of Las Cruces is considering a proposal to lease part of La Placita Park and Earth and Cosmos mosaic to a private developer. The business is required by law to install a permanent fence since they plan to sell alcohol. This decision will not go to the City Council. The decision to lease La Placita and give permission for a private business to fence off part of the park is at the discretion of the City Manager.