The long-neglected statue of Florence Nightingale in Lincoln Park has gotten a lot of attention in the past week. Last Thursday, The Eastsider pointed out how the nearly 80-year-old statue that honors the champion of modern nursing remained damaged while other landmarks in the park were undergoing a facelift. Then, L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez weighed in over the weekend with a piece on how the Western Conservancy of Nursing History at Azusa Pacific University has offered to restore the statue but only if it can be move it to the school’s campus in the San Gabriel Valley. The city has turned down that request even though it has not bothered to perform major repairs to the statue since 1999, according to The Times. Now, Councilman Gil Cedillo has stepped into the issue, requesting that the city’s look into restoring and protecting the graceful albeit battered statue.
A City Council motion introduced by Cedillo says that moving the piece of public art to Azusa is not the answer. “We need to find a way to finance the restoration and protection of this statue,” says the motion, which if approved would direct the city’s Cultural Affairs Department to look into ways to repair and protect the statue while keeping it in Lincoln Heights.