A Los Angeles art conservation company is seeking almost $2,000from the city of Encinitas to cover the cost of testing ways toremove a surfing Madonna mosaic that mysteriously appeared alongEncinitas Boulevard in late April.
“The person (or persons) responsible for installing this muraldid so in such a way to where removal was not considered orinvited,” the report states.
The only way the six-panel mosaic can come off the wall unharmedis if the backing glue can be dissolved or if a special saw can beinserted between the panels and the concrete bridge support, theconsultants wrote.
They added that they want to construct scaffolding and conductchemical, heat and mechanical sawing tests on the top edge of the10-foot-high mosaic.
Technically, city staff could approve the $1,775 consultantfinancing request without the council’s authorization because it’ssuch a low dollar figure, Deputy City Manager Richard Phillips saidMonday. However, council members asked last week to place themosaic preservation issue on their agenda, so city staff will leavethe decision to them, Phillips said.
During its Wednesday night meeting, the council will considerthe mosaic financing request, and is also set to vote on a name fora future city parkland that is commonly known as the old Hallproperty.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 505 S. VulcanAve.
The commission’s proposed name recognizes a creek that is just tothe west of the 44-acre property, which is west of Interstate 5 andjust south of the Vons shopping center complex on Santa FeDrive.
The name also highlights Cardiff’s history of naming streetsafter famous composers, commission Chairman John Gjada saidMonday.
Cardiff’s Rossini Creek and Rossini Drive are named for Italiancomposer Gioachino Antonio Rossini, who wrote many operas including”The Barber of Seville.”
“We kind of liked the idea of using a geographic feature,” Gjadasaid. “That gives (the name) a tiny more permanence.”
The commission received more than 175 suggested park names fromthe public, he said. The four other top finalists were EncinitasHeritage Park, Encinitas Community Park, Kumeyaay Park and SeasideCommunity Park.
One of the challenges in picking a name was making certain thatit would not duplicate one that is already in use elsewhere in theregion, Gjada said. Among the suggestions that the commission hadto reject were San Dieguito park and Diegueno park, he added.
Plans call for the park to contain athletic fields, a skateboardpark, a dog park and children’s playground equipment.
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