The Fickle Finger of Ashland!
Citizens of Ashland have a new piece of modern art. It is located in the triangle pocket park between the Ashland Library
and Fire House #1. The cost is $100,000. Drive or walk by it. Don’t look it up on Google. Remember – “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
The city started a Public Art Master Plan in 2007 — the same year the council voted to start dedicating 3 percent of the city’s transient occupancy tax proceeds to public arts.
In 2015, Zoccola applied following a national call for a city of Ashland contemporary art project. She was chosen with her first design, “Gather,” in September the same year.
Following a public outcry, the council tasked Zoccola was creating an alternative design, which later became “Threshold.” The City Council chose it over “Gather” in June 2016.
“I love Ashland and I am honored to make the sculpture there,” Zoccola said in an interview in December. “I’m glad the process let me be inspired to create ‘Threshold.’”
— reporter Tran Nguyen, Tidings.