Queen Anne's Square: Bad Process, Bad Faith, Bad Design
Maya Lin Redesign of Queen Anne Square Park Bad Process! Bad Faith! Bad Design!
Bad Process!“Findings suggest that controversies are most likely to erupt over abstract art placed in relatively small cities… This is especially true when the community is not asked to participate in the project in any meaningful way.” Steven J Tepper Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies
Who’s Involved? [Bad Process]! Maya Lin The celebrity designer
Who’s Involved? [Bad Process]! Pieter Roos The Salesman
Who’s Involved? [Bad Process]! Mayor Waluk The Supporter
Who’s Involved? [Bad Process]! City Council Representing the Charles Duncan Naomi Neville Justin McLaughlin Public…. or the Donors? Henry Winthrop Kathryn Leonard Jeanne-‐Marie Napolitano
Who’s Involved? [Bad Process]!The donors Dismissing the detractors with a wave of her hand, she said, "I just let them all talk”. -‐Marion Oates Charles, 92, known as Oatsie, president of the Newport Restoration Foundation. NY Times Article Nov 2011
Public Outcry [Bad Process]! Public Outcry… falling on deaf ears Newport Daily News Poll: 377 against -‐ only 43 in favor! one of the largest in the memory of the Newport Daily News 60+ Letters to the Press and counting… running at 10 to 1 against Media attention AP article in 500 papers from BloombergBusinessWeek to Kansas…. NY Times, Providence Journal, Newport Daily News, Newport This Week, NewportPatch, WRNI/National Public Radio
Public Outcry [Bad Process]!“Plotting and planning a project for a number of years behind closed doors is a poor tactic especially when you try and roll out the project as a fait de complet. The NRF and City could have gotten it right, but blew it.” -‐ Andrew Segal
Bad Faith! “The brutal irony is that the foundation, which Doris Duke founded, is planning to do something to the square which would be antithetical to everything its founder stood for” David Clapp
$$$??! [Bad Faith]!“How was a $3.6 million fundraising budget determined prior to developing the design enough to project costs for construction and maintenance?” Lawrence Culter – Newport Resident “Something doesn’t smell just right here. Why so much money for so small a space?” Mary Weston – Newport Resident
Mister Mayor [Bad Faith]! Mayor Waluk: It’s the money “We have close to 10% unemployment in Newport; people have the holidays coming; they don’t know how they’re going to pay for gifts and things like that and put a turkey on the table for Thanksgiving. And these people are apposed to a 3.5 million dollar donation to enhance a public park?” Did he help his cause with that?
Hypocrisy [Bad Faith]!“Queen Anne Square stands in stark contrast to the Brick Market and Long Wharf areas and Americas Cup Avenue... ...these eﬀorts were ‘out with the old in with the new.’ In contrast, Queen Anne Square celebrates the architectural heritage of Newport and gives Newporters and visitors alike this splendid open parkland to experience.” Excerpt from: EXTRAORDINARY VISION (2010) Robert P. Foley, A. Bruce MacLeish, Pieter N. Roos Doris Duke and the Newport Restoration Foundation
NRF [Bad Faith]!“Miss Duke expended more of her own personal energy and direction to the park than any other facet of her Newport endeavors…Eﬀorts by people who never knew her, and care less about her sensibilities, to completely desecrate her park seem incomprehensible.” Peter S. Kent Former NRF Director worked on site with Doris Duke during construction
Monument? [Bad Faith]!Not a “structure” anymore. Structures aren’t allowed by the deed, so now they are calling it a “monument.” Really?? How are 3 fake foundations and artiﬁcial chimneys considered a monument????
The Deed [Bad Faith]!Oh right, the deed says no structures… “no building or structure temporary or permanent, shall be erected thereon”
Deceit? [Bad Faith]! Really??? Intentionally misleading or just incompetence? Without the blueprints there is no truth to any model…
Takeover? [Bad Faith]!Donors trying to take over a Public Park! “The DDMF will become a self-‐ supporting friends’ organization which will oversee maintenance and administration for the park in the future.” From www.ddmf.org
Bad Design!“There is really nothing to the proposal except three fake building foundations, so remove them and nothing is left (and no battle), but why the millions?” Lawrence Cutler American Institute of Architects Royal Institute of British Architects Chairman and CEO of the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport
5-point Critique [Bad Design]!From the man who made her famous: “The Lin proposal is an imitation of the historic past -‐ false building foundations and imaginary quotations. Newport has no need for historic imitations.” Paul Spreiregen, FAIA A Five-‐Point Critique – 11/1/11 the expert who proposed and ran the competition which selected Maya Lins design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Nuclear Architecture [Bad Design]! Nuclear Architecture “When I was at school at Cornell. We used to call this type of design, Nuclear Architecture. The rock star architect would come to the site or perhaps even just a quick helicopter ﬂyover. Without any consideration for the history of the context of the site or the surrounding area” -‐ Donald Topias 11/9/11
Lonely?! [Bad Design]! Maya Lin "It was really lonely; it was really empty, there is literally no place to be."
Ohio [Bad Design]!“The Million Dollar Mistake” “Green Space is in short supply and high demand in Athens Ohio and other communities. Maya Lin pocketed nearly a half of a million dollars for her part in designing this useless green space travesty.” www.suckypublicart.com
Locals [Bad Design]!“It will be some kind of Disney Land fake in the middle of town” -‐Lawrence Cutler “Dont cut down trees or tear up grass or roll away rocks that are rich with beauty and call that kind of environmental savagery ‘art.’” -‐Penelope Hope "We owe it to the memory of Doris Duke to enhance the park, in the spirit of her design, and NOT redo it with someone elses strange and meaningless idea.” -‐Ed Paul