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TACOMA: City should free ‘Sun King’

Letter by Ellida A. Lathrop, on July 28, 2011 at 11:11 am with 6 Comments »
July 29, 2011 1:15 pm
“Sun King,” a 1976 bronze by sculptor Tom Morandi, once was displayed in downtown Tacoma. It is now in storage. (Photo courtesy of Tom Morandi)

“Sun King,” a larger-than-life bronze of publicly owned art that once was displayed in downtown Tacoma, presently is in captive storage. Excuses that no suitable site is available are simply not acceptable when the city is contemplating and planning for two public areas: the art museum pathway and now the Ruston Point waterway.

The public owns this internationally acclaimed work of art by Tom Morandi, and it is time to incorporate placement in one of these two projects. I am insulted that no member of the Tacoma City Council, the Department of Public Works nor The News Tribune I have contacted have not responded to my concerns about the future of this artwork.


Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. intheblack says:

    Right on! Let’s start a campaign to set the Sun King free and get it out where people can experience it.
    While we are at it, let’s take down the absolutely rediculous fence next to the Washington State History Museum that blocks people from walking straight across the Chihuly Bridge from Pac. Ave. That fence needs to go!

  2. aislander says:

    So…THIS…is.. Louis Quatorze? Kinda disappointing…

  3. geeterpontiac says:

    A giant paperweight?

  4. TheSlag says:

    It’s in storage somewhere. You should be able to get an art inventory via pubic information request from the city clerk. They have to respond to those inquiries.

  5. geeterpontiac says:

    If you folks want it displayed, then initiate a private effort to cause it to happen. But, don’t come to the public for a handout.

    It the public wants it, they will support it with private donations.

    If they don’t, then they shouldn’t be put on the hook to support what they don’t feel is worthwhile.

  6. aislander says:

    What’s bronze worth at the metal buyer?

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