Thursday, January 17, 2008
Pomona's Archaeological Digs
"In more Second Street news, the Yesteryears fountain that caused such mixed reactions has been saved, in part.
The whole thing was far too large to move, but with the nightclub's roof gone and rubble heaped around the fountain, Mike Schowalter and Dave Armstrong acted at almost the last minute to grab what they could for posterity.
After signing waivers provided by the developer, Schowalter and Armstrong ventured into the half-destroyed building and, with hammers, pry bars and knives, pried off the sculpted faces of presidents Washington, Lincoln, Grant and Kennedy as well as those of Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., Charles Lindbergh and Geronimo.
The salvaged pieces are being stored at the Armstrong-owned American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona.
"The whole thing was kind of like a Grecian urn, supersized, telling a historic story," Schowalter said of the towering fountain. "Maybe the whole thing didn't work, but parts of it were pretty cool!"
Here's to folks taking it upon themselves to save something that was once a part of Pomona, tacky or not. I am thinking the heads will end up making a cool art display somewhere. Anyone know what will be done with the heads from here?
As for David Allen, he seems to have the blog thing down. He recently had a post that ellicited 78 comments (at last count) from readers, all reminiscing about places that aren't here anymore. I just wish we could turn that interest in the good ole days in Pomona, into excitement about the future.