$500,000 statue taken down at Three Rivers Community College; questions arise

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The sculpture was meant to anchor Three Rivers Community College’s campus: A combination of public art and functional space that officials said was the perfect symbol of a higher learning institution.

Instead, the gradual dismantling of The Nautilus — a $510,000 project envisioned as an outdoor amphitheater — has created ill will toward the school from a world-renowned New York-based artist commissioned to carry out the project. Yet interim college President Grace Jones and state officials stand by the move, saying it was necessary to protect the safety of students.

The last vestiges of the Nautilus, its concrete pad, was removed from the property this summer — almost three years after the job was supposed to be finished.

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