The sculpture “Peace and Love” by Ringo Starr has found a permanent home in Beverly Gardens Park.
The Beverly Hills City Council agreed to put the stainless steel statue at the southwest corner of the section of the park between Beverly and Canon drives during its Sept. 10 study session.
The council previously accepted the sculpture from Starr during its May 7 meeting, and at the June 18 meeting, it was recommended that the sculpture be installed on City Hall grounds. However, the city decided the sculpture should be installed elsewhere after receiving public input during the Aug. 6 meeting.
The Arts and Culture Commission, Recreation and Parks and Cultural Heritage Commission met on Aug. 22 and decided to place the sculpture in Beverly Gardens Park.
Hedging will be installed behind the sculpture to obscure its view from the back. Starr wants to prevent the statue from being used in an insulting manner. In the U.K., the backwards peace sign is considered an obscene gesture.
“I think this will allow for appropriate interaction with the community,” Councilman Robert Wunderlich said.
Starr is covering the cost of the sculpture, base, relocation and installation, though the city will be responsible for the engineering of the base and installation of the hedging material. The hedges and engineering costs for the base will not exceed $10,000.
“This turned into one of those Shakespeare ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’ situations,” Mayor John Mirisch said.
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