Apparently, this concept rendering represents Manassas City’s grand plan to promote tourism in Old Town. I can just imagine what kind of excitement and enthusiasm this will generate across the country, as people flock to come see that yes indeed, we in this part of the world can spell.
And produce art, at fairly substantial taxpayer expense, that can stand proudly alongside anything a third-grader can produce.
From the breathless press release that announced this creative boon for the city:
Don’t miss the chance to read a LOVE letter on The Manassas Museum lawn this summer.
The LOVE letter sculpture that will decorate the lawn is a collaboration between the museum and Historic Manassas, Inc., (HMI) and is thanks to a Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) grant awarded to the museum. It will be unveiled on Wednesday, May 30 at 3 p.m. on the museum lawn.
The LOVE theme is an ongoing marketing tool used by the VTC, which has long branded the state’s tourism marketing campaign with the slogan “Virginia Is for Lovers.” The current marketing campaign promotes the theme “LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation.”
A traveling LOVE sculpture which has appeared at visitor’s centers and tourist attractions across the state has become a magnet for photographs and brought attention to the state’s attractions. VTC sponsored a limited number of $1,200 grants like the one awarded to the museum so that organizations might construct their own LOVE letter attractions.
The six-foot-tall LOVE letters set to appear on the museum lawn are painted blue and gray to reflect the area’s Civil War heritage, and will be mounted on a train flat car, with a rail and train installed on the letter “O” to represent the area’s railway heritage. Mark Olsen, President of HMI’s board and a Manassas Historic Resources Board member, is donating his time and talents to the construction, and museum and city public works crews will finish and install the sculpture. It will remain in place until the end of 2012.
My, I can hardly await the unveiling. Can you?
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