Seeking the right art
Members of Baltimore's recently reconstituted Public Art Commission know bad art when they see it. Their thoughtful consideration of a 9-foot statue of former Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor William Donald Schaefer proposed for the Inner Harbor promenade effectively killed it. The commission had serious doubts about the $500,000 memorial sought by banker Edwin F. Hale Sr. - its scale, design and proposed location. The panel offered to consider alternative designs and locations, and the sculptor obliged.
But benefactor Hale wasn't interested in any changes. Since the memorial couldn't be built where and how he wanted, the 1st Mariner Bank president withdrew his offer.
Now there's a public service.