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Public Art: Nuisance Or Necessary?08:18
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A view inside the Unofficial Franklin Park Research Post (Courtesy of the artist)
A view inside the Unofficial Franklin Park Research Post (Courtesy of the artist)

Brandon Nastanski didn't think twice about setting up his "Unofficial Research Post" in Franklin Park. Its organic structure was hidden by trees and foliage and it provided an outlet for recovered "trash" and treasures from Nastanski's daily walks with his dog. Park patrons were encouraged to stop by and take their picture with an attached disposable camera.

It was inevitable but still painful: The City of Boston's park rangers discovered the outpost a few months ago and plan to destroy it. Nastanski is at peace with his creation's fate, but he still believes his work was worth it.

Antonia Pollak, the Department of Parks and Recreation commissioner,  says removing the structure is "low on its list of priorities" but insists that the permit process is the only way to go.  "We love artists but they have to follow the rules, too," Pollak said.

  • Brandon Nastanski, artist and creator of the "Unofficial Franklin Park Research Outpost"
  • Geoff Edgers, Boston Globe arts reporter

This program aired on July 6, 2010.

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