A splashy comeback for artist John Edward Svenson's sculpture.
Last summer I wrote about the "Child on a Dolphin" sculpture in front of Anaheim's Chase Bank. Back then, the bronze sculpture, which had originally decorated the bank's fountain since 1970, was sadly in need of some love. Dead plants and litter filled the basin, and generally things weren't looking too great at the corner of Harbor Blvd and Lincoln Ave.
Well, as you can see in the photo above, things have changed. Chase Bank cleaned out the basin, installed a watering system, and planted fresh flowers all around. Not only do the boy and his trio of dolphins look happier, the entire intersection feels classier. I applaud Chase Bank for finally taking pride in their property and the neighborhood, and giving a piece of public art the respect it deserves. Three cheers for Chase!
Keeping our neighborhoods nice and beautiful begins with all of us. Pick up litter whenever you see it and throw it away. You've got two hands and it only takes a second, so get yourself into the habit. It doesn't matter if you weren't the person who dropped the litter in the first place - be the wonderful person who makes it go away. I'll admit that before I took the photo at the top of this post, I had to pick a Starbucks cup and a Fritos bag out of the flowers. Yes, I grumbled about it for a second, but then the trash was gone and I felt great. Remember, ugliness breeds more ugliness, and by making an effort you can make a big difference in your neighborhood.