RI council OKs park redesign called a 'travesty'

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Posted: Dec 14, 2011 11:14 PM
RI council OKs park redesign called a 'travesty'

A Rhode Island city council has approved a proposed public park redesign by the renowned architect Maya Lin that critics disparage as a "travesty."

Lin is best known for designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. She has proposed adding a fountain and three stone foundations called meeting rooms at Queen Anne Square in Newport.

The council voted Wednesday to allow the Newport Restoration Foundation to redo the park.

Critics say Lin's foundations look fake and are inappropriate for such a historic location in the seaside city.

Lin says she attributes much of the controversy to misinformation about her design.

The park is to honor the late heiress and preservationist Doris Duke. The Doris Duke Monument Foundation says it's "confident" the revised plans for Queen Anne Square will be a source of enjoyment for the city and visitors.