Galaxy: Earth Sphere Policy Order

Whereas: The Galaxy: Earth Sphere sculpture and fountain at the intersection of Main and Broadway has been a landmark in Kendall Square since its construction in 1989, when it was commissioned by the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority, MIT, MBTA, U.S. Dept. of Transportation, and the City of Cambridge; and

 Whereas: The current property owners of the Galaxy: Earth Sphere are the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority, who have assigned oversight to Boston Properties BXP; and

 Whereas: The Galaxy: Earth Sphere, despite its prominent location, has fallen into neglect over the last 20-plus years; and

 Whereas: Local artist Joe Davis designed and produced the sculpture, and oversaw final installation at the current Kendall Square location in Cambridge in 1989; and

 Whereas: The Galaxy: Earth Sphere sculpture and fountain was produced with the guidance of the late Otto Piene, Professor Emeritus of Visual Design at MIT; and

Whereas: There has been a lack of vital maintenance performed by the CRA and Boston Properties BXP creating a number of problems that now mar the sculpture and fountain; and

Whereas: While other sculptures and artistic pieces around the city have received significant refurbishment from the city, the Galaxy: Earth Sphere sculpture and fountain has received the bare minimum, and is thus in dire need of significant repair; now therefore be it

Ordered: The City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with Joe Davis on the exact processes and repairs that would be necessary to restore the Galaxy: Earth Sphere sculpture and fountain to its original condition; and be it further

Ordered: The City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the CRA, the Department of Public Works and Boston Properties BXP to determine the financial feasibility of the repair needed to the Galaxy: Earth Sphere sculpture and fountain; and be it further

Ordered: The City Manager be and hereby is requested to work with Mr. Davis, the CRA, the Department of Public Works, and Boston Properties BXP and any relevant abutters or interested philanthropists to determine the best plan to restore the Galaxy: Earth Sphere sculpture and fountain to its original condition; and be it further

Ordered: The City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the council on this matter.


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