A GRASSY SQUARE AND A WALL OF WATER
Artist Jaume Plensa wants to place a grassy square at the south end of Fayetteville Street and surround it with a black granite street. A canopy of stainless-steel wires would hang above the square, covered with LED lights that flash messages and colors. Just what they would say is uncertain.
A wall of water would fall from the grid onto the square, and people could pass through it if they chose. A spotlight would shoot one mile upward from the square, joining the city's skyline.
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The sun had scarcely risen Tuesday before Raleigh's dilettantes started offering thoughts on Jaume Plensa's grand design for downtown.
* It's neat.
* It's hideous.
* Way to go Raleigh!
* This will make Fayetteville Street a destination for all the world to see!
* Won't the mile-high spotlight attract birds, who will then fly down the beam to their deaths?
* Sounds like a high-tech version of a neon sign that will become a low-tech eyesore in 10 years.
But a project of this scale, costing $2.5 million in private money, needs deeper analysis.
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