Friday, October 12, 2012
Trying to Erect a Bust of Raoul Wallenberg at UC Irvine
UCI Anteater (school mascot)
Reference is made to my previous posts describing the efforts of Peter Lancz to get the University of California at Irvine to place a bust of Raoul Wallenberg on the UCI campus as a tribute to the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews at the end of World War II including Lantz's father, a famous sculptor, who subsequently made a bust of Wallenberg in gratitude.
As previously reported, the request was initially turned down. The current position of UCI is that they will accept the bust as a gift if all the costs are covered by donations-including the cost of erecting it. In addition, Lantz was also told that he could not solicit UCI donors and contributors-since, apparently, they were needed for more important ventures (like the Olive Tree Initiative), I presume.
Here is the estimate of how much money is needed.
The cost of the monumental bronze bust, including transport is $35,000. The granite plinth or column on which the bust would rest is approx. $10,000. Then there is the brass plaque describing Wallenberg's exploits affixed to the column and other miscellaneous installation costs. This comprises the ball park figure of $50,000.
Obviously, this is above and beyond what I can ask my loyal Fousesquawk readers to chip in for. What I would appreciate is any suggestions as to possible donors who would like to fund such a venture. Believe me, the UCI campus needs it-even if they don't recognize that fact.