Lancaster art project sparks controversy


UPDATE: A 4-2 vote passed the design of the project.

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – City council will decide if a public art project connected to a major construction project is up to city standards.

The project is connected to a parking garage off Christian Street. As designed, the project includes large, colorful, aluminum tubing with text.

“It will really stand out,” said John Bartholomay, who saw the design for the first time on Tuesday. “It’s colorful. It’ll really pop.”

Critics such as the Lancaster Historical Commission argue the project doesn’t meet Lancaster’s design standards.

Commission member Steven Funk says they are urging the city council to reject the project.

“The materials, the patterns, and rhythms of the neighborhood, architectural details of the surrounding should be taken into consideration when designing the facade of the new building,” Funk said. “None of those things were taken into account.”

The Lancaster Public Art Advisory Board suggests the council approve the project. Public art director Joanna Davis says the project is in line with every other public art project since 2018.

“Art is not expected to appeal to everybody, nor should it,” she said. “Everybody is going to have their own opinion about it.”

The council will vote on Tuesday.

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