KQED Radio Program “Forum” Features Campaign to Protect Coit Tower & WPA Murals and Projects

KQED Radio Program “Forum” Features Campaign to Protect Coit Tower & WPA Murals and Projects

On Friday, January 20, the Bay Area’s popular morning public radio program “Forum” on KQED 88.5 FM featured an hour-long discussion of the dangers currently threatening Coit Tower, its WPA murals, and WPA projects elsewhere and what people are trying to do it about it.

Click here to listen to a full rebroadcast of this terrific radio show:  http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201201201000

Preserving the WPA’s Artistic Legacy

Friday, January 20, 2012 — 10:00 A.M.

Some San Francisco preservationists are raising an alarm about the decay of WPA murals inside the city’s iconic Coit Tower. As they collect signatures to place a measure on the ballot to preserve the 75 to 80-year-old artwork, historians say other WPA projects in the Bay Area and across the nation are similarly threatened by time and neglect.

We look at the distinctive artwork, buildings, bridges and other public works from that era.

Host: Dave Iverson

Guests:

Gray Brechin, project scholar for the Living New Deal Project, a historical geographer and visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Department of Geography

Jon Golinger, chair of the Protect Coit Tower Committee

Philip Ginsburg, general manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department

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