- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A public art banner that hung on a vacant Fairbanks building for more than three years was found over the weekend on the street below the structure.

Someone or something dropped the “Looking for Love Again” sign that covered nearly four stories of the Polaris Building, Fairbanks’ largest, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (https://bit.ly/VCtmqI ) reported.

“Festival Fairbanks cleaned it up because it was just laying in the middle of the street,” said architect David Hayden, who coordinated creation and placement of the banner.

The Polaris Building has been empty for more than a decade. The sign was erected in April 2011.

The Alaska Design Forum had commissioned five national artists to create public art that would improve a common space in five Alaska communities.

The Fairbanks sign was conceived by New Orleans artist and former New York Times graphic artist Candy Chang, who has designed other public art to help revitalize public space.

Along with the banner, Chang designed a ground-level chalkboard where people could share memories of the building and hopes for its future.

The banner had outlived its expected lifespan, Hayden acknowledged, but he was disappointed to hear it was down.

“I’m just bummed about it,” he said.

The Fairbanks Police Department took a call sometime Saturday night or Sunday reporting the fall of the banner. Hayden theorizes that someone broke into the Polaris and cut it down.

“It just sucks that someone decided that would be a great thing to take down,” he said.

The banner remains in the back of a Festival Fairbanks pickup truck. There has been no decision on the banner’s future.


Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com



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