The giant red heart sculpture installed in Central Park this week was demolished as a homage to health care workers and victims of COVID-19. This is an obvious victim of confusion and red tape.
Italian sculptor Sergio Furnari says he was walking by a park with a friend on Thursday afternoon when he noticed that his “Heroes Heart Monument” was gone.
From the police station when he went to submit a police report, he showed him a video of people removing 10 feet high, 3,000 pounds (3 meters, 1,361 kilograms) on Friday. (He said he was bounced by the police station) Put the monument and it on the truck.
“They literally broke my heart,” Furnari said when he reached Friday night.
Furnari admitted that it did not have permission to put its heart in the park, but considered the $ 4,000 grant received from the New York City Government as a temporary installation permit. He said he considered the removal of his monument “abuse of power.”
A message was left asking for comment from the Central Park Conservancy, a non-profit organization that manages the park on behalf of the city. Furnari said he plans to go to the organization on Monday to find out what happened to his mind.
Furnari said he wanted the sculpture to be not only a popular spot for selfies, but also an emotional and spiritual comforting place in the bustling city, but he said it was still cool.
This work was an extension of another work he created early in the pandemic. It is a life-sized sculpture of a medical worker kneeling with his arms outstretched.
In an interview before the sculpture was removed, the artist explained his vision for the work.
“Everyone suffers in different ways and needs different types of comfort,” says Furnari. “I hope this heart will help remember their loved ones and deal with their sorrows. For a while, they can forget about their problems.”
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COVID Memorial Removed: Artist says a giant heart sculpture was removed from Central Park due to a misplaced permit
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Fire Under Control Near Fountain Creek Park
Update 11:12 a.m.
Firefighters put out a wildland fire early Thursday in the Fountain area, officials said.
The blaze was reported about 3:45 a.m. on the east side of Fountain Creek and south of Duckwood Park, Fountain police said in news release. Crews from fire departments in Security, Stratmoor Hills, Fort Carson and Hanover responded to heavy smoke and flames.
The fire was about a mile west of Colorado 85.
“The mild weather conditions this morning made it easier for fire crews to get this fire under control quickly,” police said.
The fire burned less than an acre before it was fully contained, officials said. As of Thursday morning, officials said the area is being monitored and might take several hours before the scene is cleared.
The cause of the fire is under investigation but officials said a lightning strike Wednesday afternoon might have ignited it.
Update 11 a.m.: The fire is 100% contained and burned less than one acre. No structures were threatened and no reported injuries.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, however, officials think it possibly started from a lightning strike due to later afternoon storms on Wednesday.
Fountain fire department battled a wildland fire near Fountain Creek Regional Park Thursday morning, Fountain police said.
The fire ignited around 3:30 a.m. between Hwy 85 and Comanche Village Drive and crews managed to get the fire under control, police said.
Containment was 50% as of 7 a.m. but police did not give any estimates of the fire’s size.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, police said.
Original Post: gazette.com
911 Lines Down in Fremont and Custer Counties, Officials Say
Fremont and Custer counties have been without 911 services since Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
According to the Fremont County Emergency Management, the lines have been down since 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. The public is asked to not call 911 “to test or check your phone.”
Calls will be be routed to the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, officials said. From there, they will be transferred back to Fremont County dispatchers.
This is a developing story. Check with gazette.com for updates.
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