September 13, 2009

Security concerns nix Canadian art project

A $450,000 public art project being constructed near Montreal has been scrapped due to security concerns, a local official says.

Claude Trudel, mayor of the Montreal borough of Verdun, said reeds and mist involved with the art project at the entrance to nearby Nuns' Island have been tabbed as safety risks by area residents, The Montreal Gazette said Saturday.

It seems the reeds block the view of the exit from the roundabout and that the concept of the mist may not be quite right, Trudel said. If it weren't for these difficulties, we wouldn't be removing it.

The project originally was scheduled to be completed this spring, but missing equipment and parts have delayed completion up until Tuesday's announcement the project was coming to an end.

The lead architect of the project criticized the abandonment of the project based on security concerns, the Gazette reported.

I think the security concerns are just a pretext -- no one ever consulted us about any security issues, architect Stephane Pratte said