I called Rocky Mountain Bank, mistakenly thinking they had something to do with the hot dog cart in front of Jay Laber’s great sculpture entitled, “Two Left Feet Dancing Free.” They said that the town had issued a license for the hot dog stand so I have sent a letter to the town council.
Jay is an extremely well known, even famous Montana artist. I am sure a great work like this should not be obscured by the vending of hot dogs on the corner of Main Street, practically on top of this sculpture. It is very insulting, in bad taste, disrespectful, etc! He has the four monumental sculptures at the four corners of the Blackfeet Reservation…they do not sell things right under them.
The purpose of public art is to make it accessible to viewing by the public, not vendors to obscure the viewing of it. Consider this a great work of art, and it is, I assure you. It should be honored and cherished.
As the founding member and past president of SASS, Stevensville Art and Sculpture Society, I humbly request that the mayor ask the vendor to NOT set up there. Personally, I don’t think it a good location for the business person either. Back toward the alley of the bank on Third, or closer to the drive through exit, would make more sense for parking and less driving distraction.
The first time I saw it there I thought, oh, that must be a one time event…apparently not. What an insult to the artist, the town and the sculpture supporters! Please fix this. Who do I need to protest to, ask, cajole, disrupt, beg, pled, or taunt into making this small change in the vendor’s life?
It will be a huge and positive change in perception of the town, the art and the people who supported putting the sculpture there in the first place.