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'Living room' sculpture gets OK in Healdsburg

A quirky "living room" sculpture that aims to elevate the mundane to art was approved by the Healdsburg City Council late Monday.

The latest contribution to public sculpture is a proposed living room scene, complete with sofa, rug, end table, lamp, telephone and painting.

"We are cutting edge around here," City Councilman Gary Plass joked Tuesday of the council's nod to the piece commissioned by the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation.

The whimsical, unconventional living room sculpture was presented in a cartoonish conceptual drawing that raised a few eyebrows.

But council members were swayed by the track record of the foundation, which has placed more than 20 public sculptures and artistic benches in Healdsburg, and also created installations in Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Cloverdale.

"A few folks were concerned about it," said Councilman Jim Wood, but he added that what the Voigt family foundation has done is great.

"If a piece caused a little more conversation, that's not a bad thing. It's not obscene, or profane in any way."

Plass said he would have liked to have a better idea of what the finished piece will actually look like, but decided to give it the go-ahead along with the rest of his colleagues.

"We love the art they've put in place so far," he said.

Voigt Family spokesman Ray Holley said the piece, which will be placed along the Foss Creek pathway and railroad tracks near West Grant Street, is intended to draw visitors and residents.

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