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By Ken Stern 

Council to consider Gilkey Square ‘marketing icon'


February 16, 2022

WOULD YOU WANT THIS IN YOUR FRONT YARD? – Town of La Conner parks commissioner Ollie Iversen, pictured, brought the at-scale ll foot x 5 foot L-shaped model for the proposed Love La Conner selfie-photo marketing icon to Gilkey Square in November. His fellow commissioners and town officials joined him to size up the appropriateness for placement of the actual stainless steel structure. – Photo courtesy of Ollie Iversen

The La Conner Town Council may face a difficult choice at its Feb. 22 meeting: whether to green light $21,800 in already approved hotel/motel tax funds for a 11 foot tall “Love La Conner” “marketing icon” so it gets built or whether to reject the Gilkey Square location, following recommendations from the town’s arts and parks commissions citizen advisory panels.

“We did not consider it artwork but as an advertising sign,” Sylvia Strong, arts commission chair told the Weekly News Sunday. “We did not approve of the artwork, the design or where it was located.” Last December...

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