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Save the Blue Loop

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Raised by 77 people in 6 months
Robert Park is an artist in Bath Michigan. He has a degree in fine art from Michigan State and has shown his work in the Lansing area. His outdoor art work called "The Blue Loop" has been deemed junk by the township and he was ordered to remove it. On October 31, 2018 he had his day in court and lost. He was fined a total of $300 by the court and his lawyer Bill Metros who worked pro bono has incurred expenses of $400 representing him. The judge was extremely sympathetic, but there were problems. The original complainer rescinded their complaint, however, the township continued with a trial. There have been several articles in the Lansing State Journal, Bath Dewitt Review, and The Lansing City Pulse.  Art is Robert's life. I was at the trial and he was almost in tears when the judge made his ruling. We are trying to raise money so that he can appeal and keep his prized art work. 

By the way, Bob is truly a starving artist. He currently does not have internet at his house, so I have been printing out your comments and donations and bringing them to his house so he can see them. He gives his most sincere thanks to all of you for your support.

 Want a yard sign, button, or Blue Duck? Pick one up at the Eggleston Gallery  & Studio, 14035 Webster Rd. Bath, MI. 

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Why a blue duck?
The Blue Duck has become our symbol of the Township's ridiculous ordnance. That is because the court ruled that only the one blue duck can remain. It is the only part of the Blue Loop that is legal on Robert Parks property.  The rest has been ordered removed.

Here are some more pictures from the Blue Loop
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Here are a few pictures of work near the Blue Loop. 
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This is the artist's house, it and one blue duck are all that can remain.
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A thank you to all:
Robert Part creator of The Blue Loop does not have a computer or get email, so he asked if we could post a giant Thank You to everyone who helped out.
Here is is that thank you in his words....

As the creator of the Blue Loop Art installation, I want to thank all who helped save it from removal by misguided Township officials.

The articles by columnist Judy Putnam of The Lansing State Journal were the catalyst for the huge outpouring of public support.

First came pro-bono attorney Bill Metros. Then the Go Fund Me account, yard signs and buttons made by Dodger: all from Java Man.

The huge support of Melissa Eggleston as chair of the Bath Public Art Committee and director of her art gallery can’t be underestimated.

Photography by Christine McCallister, Blue Loop candy from Park Lake Creamery, T.V. 6 and 10, plus Bath official Cindy Cronk are notable among the vast number of others who wrote letters, attended meetings and court hearings, posted signs, bought Blue Ducks or Go Funded.

The deal was sealed by the appeals process of the Speaker law firm. Now we look forward to more progressive artist and homeowners rights. I invite people to tour the Blue Loop as it develops in Bath Township.

Sincerely,

Robert Parks 6303 Park Lk. Rd. Bath 48808

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If you have not already heard, The Blue Loop has been saved. Yes, it is true that the Township has dropped the case against Robert Park and has agreed to let the Blue Loop stay. We won! The only thing is Robert agreed to but up a fence so that you could not see the Blue Loop from the road. Only Supervisor, and ex Chief of Police, Jack Phillips, disagreed with the vote to drop the case. But he lost, as the vote was 6 - 1 to drop. Jack is worried that now anyone can do anything on their yard. But isn't that what freedom is about?
So, thanks to your great donations and the help of many, art and freedom of expression in Bath Township can go on. Robert still owes his lawyer and has to buy fence type materials, so donations can still be put to good use.
Thanks again to everyone for all their help.
Tom DelGiorno, Go Fund Me Coordinator for Save the Blue Loop.
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I just donated another $250. I know it's Christmas, but don't you all have just a little bit more you can put in? Yes, I am challenging you.

And PLEASE tell all your friends, share on Facebook or in email.

An appeal has been filed in court and the township is still hanging on. They are talking about conceding but only talking. Legal bills are coming in. The appeal lawyer has been paid $1,300 so far and more charges are expected. We just got a bill for out of pocket charges for $797.82. We have put up over 100 yard signs, high quality ones that survive snow and they are not cheap. Rubber Ducks are everywhere. Robert has paid $300 in fines.

I am taking nothing, since I think this is as good a cause as there ever was. Freedom is not free. I guarantee that 100% of all donations are going directly to Robert Park or to his expenses after Go Fund Me takes 3.5% and that's it. Not many charities can say that.
Tom DelGiorno
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Yesterday, Monday, 11/5/18 about 20 people spoke at the Bath Township board meeting. Everyone was in favor of art, no one except 1/2 the board members were against. We have got to keep fighting, they just aren't getting it. I heard estimates that legal fees might run $30,000 or more.

Tom DelGiorno
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