Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Winged Sculpture Under Consideration for San Diego Waterfront

The Port of San Diego is weighing a proposal to build a 500-foot sculpture that resembles a pair of wings on the waterfront. The sculpture would be part of a $68 million pier development project proposed by the USS Midway Museum.

The design for the “Wings of Freedom” sculpture, which also bears a resemblance to two sails full of wind, has so far received a $35 million pledge from local entrepreneur and philanthropist Denny Sandford.

Proponents say the structure would be on par with other iconic sculptures around the world, such as Seattle’s Space Needle, the Statue of Liberty in New York City and St. Louis Arch. Local critics, however, have already called the design “hideous” and “ridiculous,” among other things.

Town hall discussions on the proposal are scheduled for Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and Dec. 10 at the port. A report on the public’s input is scheduled to be presented to port commissioners on Dec. 13.