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Banners tarnish beauty of Meadows

Dear Editor:

I would like to express my discontent with the white informational banners that have been posted in Anderson Park in the Aspen Meadows. The banners, which display information about some of the most important figures in Aspen’s history, could be useful and appropriate in some other part of Aspen, but they greatly disrupt the aesthetic purity of this special park. They are an eyesore that cannot be ignored when attempting to enjoy the space’s beauty.

I have been coming to Aspen for many years with my family, and, ever since I was a little kid, I always looked forward to revisiting Aspen Meadows. To me, this park is a pristine sanctuary, an ideal of harmoniously blended nature and manmade art. Taken together, the entire park is a work of art in and of itself. I find these banners just as intrusive as placing an informational poster right over the front of a great painting at a museum.

Don’t get me wrong, I think the information displayed on the white banners in the Aspen Meadows is interesting and informative, and worth being shared with Aspen’s locals and visitors. As this summer has been the 60th anniversary celebration, the banners are especially appropriate. Their placement, however, demonstrates an astonishing disregard for the clearly intended aesthetic experience for the park’s visitors and passersby. I think placing them around the Benedict Music Tent or perhaps even along the path from the parking lot to the tent would have been far more appropriate than sticking them right in the middle of the Aspen Meadows’ beautiful landscapes and streams.

Most of the people I have asked about the banners had no idea whether they were there to stay. Several people suggested that they were temporary installments to commemorate the anniversary of the Music Festival. I hope that this is the case. If the banners are in any way permanent, I will be shocked and saddened. I hope that others will recognize this tarnishing of the park’s intrinsic beauty and push for the relocation of the banners.

Sammy Barton

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