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Dolhareubang Statue near Santa Rosa Civic Center

The Dolhareubang or Stone Grandfather has long been a part of Jeju Island history and culture. The original statures were traditionally used as boundary markers and placed at the entrances of the villages. We Buk jeju citizens, present the statues to the City of Santa Rosa to foster a long and mutually beneficial relationship between two regions. The height of the the stature is 250 cm and the stand is 60 cm.

Agenda Item # 11.3
For Council Meeting of: May 2, 2006
CITY OF SANTA ROSA
SUBJECT: APPROVAL TO ACCEPT SISTER CITY GIFT STATUE
STAFF PRESENTER: MARC RICHARDSON, ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER/
DIRECTOR OF RECREATION AND PARKS
RECREATION AND PARKS
AGENDA ACTION: RESOLUTION
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Should the city accept a basalt statue of “A Woman with Water Jar” as a gift from our Korean Sister City Bukjeju and assume responsibility of its installation and maintenance in downtown Santa Rosa? BACKGROUND • Santa Rosa and Bukjeju of South Korea have been sister cities since 1996. The purpose of the sister cities program is to increase international understanding and foster goodwill and world peace by furthering international communication and exchange at the person-to-person level through city-to-city affiliations. Such exchanges are achieved in a wide variety of cultural, educational, youth, sports, municipal, professional, and economic projects. • The Bukjeju Sister City Committee puts together two exchanges a year, one for the Fire Festival in February and one in the summer for student exchanges. • On May 15, 2003, a delegation of Bukjeju County officials unveiled and dedicated two massive Jeju Dolhareubang (stone grandfathers), which now stand together in the grassy portion of Sonoma Avenue Park, facing Santa Rosa City Hall. ANALYSIS 1. The year 2006 marks the 10th anniversary of Santa Rosa’s sister city relationship with Bukjeju. Both cities have planned very special projects. Santa Rosa has a plan to send a group of Artstart students to paint a mural in Bukjeju in June, and art students from Bukjeju will come here in July to paint a mural in Santa Rosa. This project will be a wonderful and unique artistic and cultural experience for all who participate. City Council Meeting of May 2, 2006 Page Two Approval to Accept Sister City Statue 2. Bukjeju, South Korea, is offering to give a basalt statue of “A Woman with Water Jar” as a gift to commemorate the 10 years of a wonderful relationship. The delegates will be attending this year’s Rose Parade on May 20, 2006, and unveil the statue as a part of that event. 4. At its March 6, 2006, meeting, the Art in Public Places Committee voted to support the sister city committee’s request for Council to accept this statue and discussed possible locations, including the Sonoma Avenue Park in the vicinity of the “grandfather” statues and on 4th Street in downtown Santa Rosa (midway between D and E Streets). Because the statue has a water feature possibility, the committee members agreed their preferred location would be the 4th Street site where it could replace an old, existing fountain. 5. Costs for installation, including applicable permits, structural and engineering analyses, demolishing and removing existing sculpture, replacing/upgrading site plumbing, creation of new base or elevating current base, transportation and placement of the sculpture, are estimated to be between $15,000 and $30,000. The significant range in costs depends on whether or not the existing water feature’s plumbing and pump assembly can be reused or will need replacement. 6. At its April 3, 2006, meeting, the Art in Public Places Committee discussed this item further, including estimated installation costs. The Committee recommends funding those costs from the Art in Public Places account (#8442). It is recommended by the Art in Public Places Committee and the Recreation and Parks Department that City Council, by resolution, accept the “A Woman with Water Jar” statue and authorize staff to place the statue in an appropriate downtown location with the source of funds being the Art in Public Places account (#8442). Author: Vicky Kumpfer

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