Dedication of Restored ‘Mosaic Trail’ Light Poles in Astor Place Delayed Until Thursday

Posted on: November 29th, 2016 at 9:39 am by
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For Jim Power, the culmination of his fight to keep his accomplished “Mosaic Trail” passing through Astor Place will have to wait a couple more days. Inclement weather today and tomorrow forced the Village Alliance business improvement district to postpone the dedication ceremony until Thursday afternoon at 4:30pm.

Yet another hurdle that proves it wasn’t an easy road for the 74-year-old Vietnam veteran, who spent years in direct opposition to the city for its reconfiguration of the area. Seven of Power’s original light poles were salvaged, stored, and restored in the period since renovations began three years ago.

The Village Alliance, City Lore, advocacy groups, and private individuals kickstarted a crowdfunding campaign months ago to help pay for the $22,000 restoration project. However, according to a recent press release, the project has “stalled in its final stages” due to labor cost overruns. Target budget was $20,000 “to ensure the final elements of restoration can be completed to the artist’s vision”; they’ve raised $5,353 of that goal thus far.

Here’s more from the circular…

After remarks by local advocates at the unveiling ceremony, Jim Power, will lead a tour of the restored Mosaic Poles, explaining the inspirations and stories of each. The event also highlights the continued fundraising needs in order to ensure the project is completed to Jim Power’s vision.

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