Sidewalk issues in Danville are pretty well squared away, so the local review committee turned its attention to artistic enhancements at Tuesday & #039;s meeting.

Route 2 highway project artists David Raphael and Andrea Wasserman presented more ideas for streetlights, landscaping and sculpture.

Many of the plans are available at the town offices, said administrative assistant Steve White.

Raphael presented several historically-inspired options for lights.

"Something very much like this was once here," he said of a utilitarian shade lamp once known to have been on the Danville Green.

He suggested six possible lighting fixture ideas that visually harken back to earlier days.

To get that vintage look, Raphael also suggested a lamp style that imitated those from the 1920s -- when electricity first came to town.

Street lamps will have electrical receptacles at their base to accommodate needs of the Danville Fair, the farmer & #039;s market and other public events.

He made a point to stress that light will be directed away from private homes and illuminate the street instead.

LRC member Bruce Kallahan urged the committee to make sure enhancements inside the green are well-lit to ward off vandalism.

"You are inviting trouble when you don & #039;t have enough light," Kallahan said.

The committee generally liked what it saw, and will consider all options before deciding what it will recommend to the board of selectmen.

Raphael also presented some tree-planting ideas to the committee.

He said he envisions old-fashioned tree-lined streets within the highway project.

To achieve that effect, he suggested lining sections around the park and along parts of Route 2 with indigenous trees. He proposed no trees along the strip between the town hall and Judy Garland & #039;s house.

Some present were concerned about how his tree plan might fit in with the town & #039;s snowplowing practices.

Committee members agreed they had better talk to selectmen sooner rather than later about tree planting.

As far as the artistic enhancements, those present reaffirmed their support for the weather-inspired sculptures presented by Wasserman at several previous meetings.

The committee agreed her two granite pillars topped by an anemometer and a thermometer would be exciting additions to the green.

They said there are areas where other ideas could be incorporated as well.

At an earlier meeting, Dennis Myrick had asked for other more historically-minded ideas, so she came armed with a couple of other possible motifs.

Wasserman presented an agrarian motif inspired by the town & #039;s origins. This would include a sculpture of a horse and some hitching posts.

"The shadow effect of a horse on the back of your green would throw you back into history," she said, answering Myrick & #039;s call for historical themes.

She showed picture of a twig horse sculpture from Plainfield as the inspiration for a possible horse fixture in the green.

It was generally agreed it might be nice for drivers to see such a sculpture when passing through town.

LRC members Dick Browne and David Jacobs suggested Wasserman look to the horse sculpture by Newark artist Martin McGowan that once stood on the lawn of the Riverside School in Lyndon as inspiration.

Anther possible historically-minded theme incorporated the freedom and education embraced by Danville native Thaddeus Stevens. This idea got a lukewarm reaction from those at the meeting.


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