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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

City may offer a helping hand to fix Florence Nightingale statue

Temporary hands have been attached to the statue with wire.

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.

2 comments

  1. Florence Nightingale was known as The Lady with The Lamp and undoubtedly the piece of pipe sticking
    out of her waist once held a replica of her lamp. She needs her lamp as well as her hands.

  2. Don’t move the Florence Nightengale statue. We need more lighting and security cameras throughout Lincoln Park.

    And don’t forget the Abraham Lincoln sculpture in Lincoln Park. It’s inscribed with part of the Gettysburg Address, which happened 150 years ago (November 19, 1863). Why aren’t we commemorating that? I’ve called “311″ in the past to report graffiti on the Lincoln sculpture, and it takes a couple weeks to get a clean-up crew out. A couple weeks ago someone scribbled “El Salvador” on the base of the sculpture, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s still there.

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