On September 28th, 2022, the City removed a public artwork originally entitled Red Teepee by artist Peter Forakis. The artwork was surveyed by several art professionals and conservation experts regarding its condition. Red Teepee did not have an adequate foundation designed for long-term display and required extensive conservation if the artwork was to remain at its location for public display. The City considered these factors before making the decision to remove Red Teepee. The City’s highest priority is the safety and well-being of the public which ultimately drove the decision to dismantle and remove the sculpture from Lucchesi park.
The artwork, which was created in 2000 by Forakis, has been located along the Lynch Creek Trail in Lucchesi Park since 2003. Red Teepee was not a part of the City's public art program or collection. The City consulted with many different community creatives, professional artists, and committees over a series of discussions and public meetings to determine the artwork's future. In summary, the City ultimately decided to dismantle the artwork and found a local artist who volunteered to accept the recycled steel for future projects. Forakis passed away in 2009 and was a local artist with a studio off Lakeville Street in Petaluma.
Red Teepee Removal FAQ's
|Artist:||Peter Forakis (deceased)|
|Location:||320 N. McDowell, Petaluma, CA 94952 on the Lynch Creek Trail|