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Kokopelli finds new home

Sun Advocate publisher

After months of sitting in the darkness at the Price City domes, Kokopelli will soon be seeing the bright lights of sunshine again in Price City.

The Price City Council discussed the topic of what to do with the Kokopelli statue at both a Friday morning work meeting and at the Price City Council meeting last Wednesday.

Initially Councilman Richard Tatton said the council discussed possible locations that the Kokopelli statue could be placed in areas around Price. Each council member was required to come up with two possible locations where the statue could be placed and the reasoning behind those choices.

After hearing the suggestions by the city council, a majority on the council voted to place the statue at the Rose Garden, which is located at the corner of 100 E. and 100 N., near to the USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum. The members who voted in favor of placing Kokopelli at the Rose Garden cited the area's location, its visibility from 100 N., and continuing to make the area more attractive with the USU Prehistoric Museum close by.

Kokopelli was removed from its previous location at 100 W. and Main Street last October by the city. City officials cited the statue's removal from that location due to the hazard it posed to drivers at the intersection. Some drivers did not understand what to do, such as viewing the statue as a turnabout or whether to turn in front or behind the statue, which has led to accidents over the years.

The city has a stake in placing the statue somewhere in the city, as they paid local artist Gary Prazen $40,000 to create the bronze statue.

The council also left putting a base in for the sculpture up to the city's maintenance department.

After the decision to place it on Wednesday night, there was discussion about what color the base should be and what it should be made of. Council members said they would trust the judgement of the maintenance department on those matters.

Gary Sonntag, Price CityPublic Works director, said the department would be sensitive to the figure and the surrounding area when picking materials and colors for the base.

Sun Advocate reporter Kevin Scannell contributed to this article.

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