Whenever the possible restoration or redesign of Seventh Street Park is discussed, the Venus fountain invariably comes up.
There have been many conversations about restoring the original Venus, but because the repairs to the statue in the past have involved filling all the cavities with cement and epoxy, restoration seems unlikely. The more likely path to getting Venus as she was back in the park would be to replicate the statue by using the original statue to make a mold and then casting a new statue.
But there's another plan afoot for bringing Venus back to the Public Square. Last week, Shakespeare's Fulcrum, the new art gallery at 612 Warren Street, hosted a benefit to raise money and awareness for a new sculpture of Venus in the Public Square. You can read all about the event on Trixie's List: "Shakespeare's Fulcrum Benefit--Venus Statue and the New Divine Feminine Exhibition." The post includes a picture of the model for the proposed new Venus statue, which, it seems, would be executed in glass.
Curious to know if the new Venus was part of a plan for the fountain being contemplated by the Friends of the Public Square (FOPS), Gossips contacted Dorothy Heyl, one of the organizers of FOPS, and asked. Here is her response:
FOPS is aware of the interest in the Venus statue expressed by Shakespeare's Fulcrum. As I told the Council when presenting the Memorandum of Understanding, FOPS has no specific plans for the fountain and will seek extensive community input before making a recommendation and soliciting funds for that purpose.
The Common Council approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with FOPS at its regular meeting on June 15.
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