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Post by On 26 May 2014 In DisH Living (downtown is happening) Blog


Take a walk through downtown Danbury, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and you experience a grand collection of period architecture, historical reference, and public art, set in an ethnically diverse, urban setting.  If you've visited, you probably are already aware of the innumerable murals that adorn Downtown, the official "Hat City" seal that's imbedded in the walkway between Main Street and the Bardo Parking Garage, and the Danbury Music Center next door, built in 1876-78, a gem of High Victorian Gothic, and the only property in all of Danbury recognized on the roster of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. But we often walk pass, or don't know about, public art that we simply take for granted. To note a few:

"Family Tree" by master sculptor David Boyajian sits majestic on the CityCenter Danbury Green.  David's Sculpture Barn in New Fairfield, with its glorious acreage, exhibition spaces, and workshops, commands a visit in itself. I was surprised to discover the piece when I moved here 2 years ago. David's son Gabe is my godchild, and what better to rejoice in Family within two blocks of my apartment. A sister sculpture, "Seed Form II," rests in front of 288 Main Street at the corner of White. I walk pass David's works many mornings and know that seed is being resown in Danbury, as the city reemerges as a vibrant creative and economic hub.

There is a little, quiet garden in front of St. James' Church on White Street that always calls my attention. It contains a sculpture simply called "St. Francis." It was given to the Church in 1983 by Milton Coburn in memory of Maureen Church Coburn and cast in the Luigi Tomasi Fonderia, Pietrasanta, a town on the coast of northern Tuscany in Italy. Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history, and his giving still inspires today's trend of returning to community and place making. 

Take a peek inside: In the 1930s, Bethel artist Charles Federer covered the walls of the Children's Room in the old Danbury Library on Main Street, now the Danbury Music Center, with beautiful murals depicting children's favorites of the day. Now the first floor hosts Little Red Riding Hood, Robin Hood, the Pied Piper, pirates and cowboys, while a stunning portrait of famed contralto Marian Anderson, a Danbury resident for more than 50 years and whose studio is preserved at the Danbury Museum and Historical Society, hangs lonely.

Public Art is to share in, learn from, and enjoy. It should be found as a line item in every town's consideration of planning, budget, and beauty. Check out Mesa AZ where an equivalent sized Downtown hosts more than 40 sculptures. it can happen, where Art is just around the corner!





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