MEDFORD, Ore. —Medford City Council formally withdrew funding for a controversial Almeda Fire sculpture Thursday. The “Firestorm” sculpture was initially approved, to be built in downtown Medford.
The 20-foot tall sculpture was intended to honor Almeda Fire victims. The project also received nearly $34,000 from the city.
However, the design of the sculpture sparked a petition against it, that quickly gathered more than 2,000 signatures. Last month, when the city announced it was no longer supporting the plan, it said in a statement, it wanted to respect everyone’s experience with the fire.
“A resolution to approve the withdrawal of financial support from the ‘Firestorm’ art project and authorizing the reallocation of $33,750 to the 420 council vision fund,” said city attorney, Eric Mitton.
All city councilors voted to withdraw the funding.
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