Public art is welcome

As I understand it, both the works of art and the speed lights are only temporary installations.

Many many congratulations (to the municipality) on two recent additions to Oak Bay life – and I think lifestyle.

Firstly, the resting dog and the landing eagle.

My wife and I catch a bus very close to these and have noted that they are a constant “conversation starter” and a regular subject for photographs.

Children and adults of all ages at least pause and compliment what they see, and this has to be because of the utterly  lifelike quality of what is on display. I think one additional benefit is that the eagle seems to have scared off the dreadful, noisy, messy and sometimes even harrowing crows. This is a real case of art and nature working together.

I noticed this morning that some wag had placed a crow’s feather in the eagle’s talons – now that is real humour – and perhaps comment?

Secondly, as I have sat there watching traffic reaction to the speed indicating lights, it is patently clear that this has an immediate admonishing effect on those applying too much pressure on the accelerator pedal.

No doubt whatsoever as to the worthiness of this splendid device.

As I understand it, both the works of art and the speed lights are only temporary installations.

My plea, as fervent as my congratulations, is that both be made permanent.

Derrick Johns

Oak Bay


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