Is downtown Los Angeles destined to be decorated with a collection of welded railroad tracks, all askew, and oversized metallic rolling pins?
It seems so, if Marc Pally and the Community Redevelopment Agency ("CRA--A Bold New World Downtown?," by Suzanne Muchnic, Oct. 6) have their way. Pally boasts how a developer was denied putting Italian marble lions in front of his building in order to satisfy the Percent for Art requirement.
What's wrong with marble lions? They are noble animals and add character and life to pedestrian areas. That's more than can be said for some of the cold and sterile exhibits that darken the sidewalks now. If downtown's public art must be "contemporary," i.e., faceless and abstract, perhaps we should see that everyone who goes there is too.
THOMAS J. COLE