Sunday, October 26, 2014

The City of Astoria has been approached by the sculpture artist, Stanley Marcus, regarding the possible donation of his work to the City of Astoria. Mr. Marcus is based in Massachusetts and at the age of 85, he is nearing the end of his sculpting career. During his visits to our community, the sculptor has developed a love for Astoria and wishes to donate approximately 15 of his indoor and 15 outdoor pieces. Mr Marcus' sculptures are primarily made of cast aluminum and sometimes integrate enamel and fused glass elements. Photos of his work are available for viewing at:www.marcussculptures.com.

Recently, two Stanley Marcus sculptures were donated to the Liberty Theater and are now on display in the theater's lobby. Mr. Marcus has also temporarily loaned one sculpture to the City. This piece, October Mountain Totem, is on display in the lobby of City Hall. These three sculptures are a sample of a possible bequest to the City. The Astoria City Council wishes to receive feedback from the public on this possible contribution. Comment forms will be available in the lobby of City Hall.  The City would like to receive comments by Friday, November 8, 2013.  Additionally, Councilor Herzig will be at the November 1 ADHDA General Meeting to discuss the Marcus sculptures.

Should the City of Astoria accept the donation from Stanley Marcus, the sculptures would be sited at various locations throughout the City. The sculptures would not need to be placed at one location and could be located at various public buildings and public spaces. These locations would be determined at a later time.

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