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Artist defends rainbow

COEUR d'ALENE - The artist who created the “Under The Rainbow” sculpture in McEuen Park said he will work with the city to enhance the piece.

Howard Meehan said in an interview Thursday that he felt a little blindsided by the city's Arts Commission when he received a letter last week criticizing the performance of his $110,000 sculpture.

“I asked if there were any problems with the piece when I received my final payment,” Meehan said, adding that the city's Recreation Director, Steve Anthony, only had one question concerning programming of the lights for special events. “Then I get a call from him last week saying the piece was under-performing.” Full story. Jeff Selle CdA Press

From the story: Compounding the problem, Meehan said, was the media coverage of the under-performance issues that went viral. Then people were making rude comments on social media sites.

“All those negative comments made my wife cry when she read them,” he said. “I think I am getting stomped on. It is as bad as it was when I first came up there with the name.”

Could Meehan be referring to us nice folks at HucksOnline?

‘Under the Rainbow’ artist visits Cda

COEUR d'ALENE - Brooklyn native and New Mexico transplant Howard Meehan knew about Coeur d'Alene's history: its Native American culture, natural resources, lumber mills.

The artist had seen pictures of the Lake City, and could visualize the old log yards and water with its sailboats.

But he had never visited, until this week, when the 72-year-old, builder, drawer, painter and designer swung into town to see the spot where his latest art piece, 'Under The Rainbow,' will go.

“I love this place, and I'm not just saying that to shine you guys up,” Meehan said Wednesday outside a downtown coffee shop, a stone's throw from the entrance to McEuen Park. “It's everything I thought it was going to be.”

Meehan's interpretive, interactive art piece will be 30 feet high and stretch 60 feet across, and will be up by the end of December at the intersection of Fourth and Front streets. Full story. Tom Hasslinger, Cda Press

Do you think you'll come to like the Rainbow or are you already a fan?

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