I’ve written in the past Mesa should display provocative art work to draw visitors to the city.
Build something that gets people to talk about. But it cannot be anything boring because that won’t get anyone to talk about. By “boring”, I mean, it cannot be museums, ballparks, theaters, and all other stuff that other cities already own. Those buildings are too safe, and since people in different cities already have those, they won’t come out of their way to Mesa, not worth visiting unless the city builds something spectacular.
Well, it looks like they were already thinking about doing something like this for a long time — If you drive down on Main, you’ll see 25 foot tall God Bless America statues. The city is borrowing it for a few months. Wait to Go, Mesa!!
This takes the guts to do, and some will resist to this seemingly idea. But it’s far more effective than placing some boring, safe, nothing special bronze statues that no heads turn to see. It’s provocative, controversial, and that’s what art is meant to do.
Bring more people to downtown, Mesa.