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Safety Issues Delay 'Traffic' Sculpture Coming to Roslindale Village

Questions about whether utilities are running under the foundation of the sculpture needed to be answered before installation.

 

The installation of the sculpture has been delayed a couple of times in the past two weeks but we hope to be on track for the installation to occur this week.

If you have been by the sculpture site (the largest traffic island in front of Sullivan's Pharmacy) recently you'll notice there is a traffic cone wrapped in caution tape. Dig Safe did their final inspection last week and detected a large NStar conduit box two to four feet below the surface right in line with where the sculpture is to be installed. This is a major problem since the foundation for the sculpture will be eight feet below the surface.

Fortunately, we did an excavation two years ago that clearly showed no utilities running under the site. However, based on what Dig Safe found, our contractor wouldn't take the risk of using power equipment and required a substantial amount of additional money to hand dig the hole. So, because Roslindale Village Main Street doesn't have a few thousand dollars hanging around, yours truly got out his shovel and post hole digger from the basement and proceeded to dig a beautiful hole in the traffic island.  

On Wednesday I went down four feet and when I finished in the dark around 5:30 I proudly sent off proof in a couple of pictures to the engineer overseeing the project. His reply was, "Can you make it five feet?"  So yesterday I went back and got down to 5-feet 6-inches just to be sure. We are waiting to hear back from the contractor about when the installation will occur. Come by the site anytime and check out my hole -- it's a beaut! 

We will host a dedication ceremony for "Traffic" at the Greek Church featuring George Greenamyer, the sculptor of "Traffic" and the Mayor sometime after the New Year. We've commissioned a musical composition based on "Traffic" from two Berklee students, Andrew Ikenberry and Jason Lim. Jason and Andrew will perform their composition at the ceremony. They recently went to George's workshop and to several Roslindale Village shops to record sounds that will be used in the piece.  

I'll let you know more when we hear from the contractor.

Steve Gag

President

Roslindale Village Main Street

David Ertischek December 04, 2012 at 07:40 PM
A delay for a sculpture named "Traffic" is only fitting - don't you think?

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