But how do we best do it? Father Junipero Serra Statue Mission San Buenaventura Ventura Ca - Buy this stock photo and explore similar images at Adobe Stock The city council decided in 2020 to remove the bronze statue and the wood replica from public display. Father Serra is credited with bringing Catholicism to California but many blame him for what they say were his efforts to do away with … The mold was placed in front of the courthouse, and a scaffolding was built around the mold. [5], Kangas began by visiting the Santa Barbara and Ventura missions to study images of Serra and to learn about his life and style of dress. Father Serra statue (Ventura, California), national call for the removal certain statues, Barbareño/Venureño Band of Mission Indians, City of Ventura Historic Landmarks and Districts, "City of San Buenaventura Historic Landmarks & Districts", "Ventura City Council Votes To Remove Junipero Serra Statue", "Father Serra's Statue Gets New Life – in Bronze", "Sculptor Will Depict C.C.C. [35] In August 2017, amid the controversy over public display and vandalism of Serra statues, the Ventura County Star published an Op-ed calling for the removal of such statues. "[3]:12 The City in 1984 commissioned studies of the statue by an art conservator, an engineering firm, and a concrete expert. Mask appears on Junipero Serra statue in Ventura Tracy Lehr / KEYT Statue of Father Junipero Serra wearing a mask shortly after the COVID-19 outbreak. Some missions moved swiftly, such as San Luis Obispo and the San Gabriel Mission, to move their statues by the end of June.. Please do not move or destroy the statue of Father Junipero Serra. "Father Serra destroyed many tribes — their culture. It was June 2001, our first trip to California. A demonstration is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday to demand that a statue of Father Junipero Serra on public property in front of Ventura City Hall be … The statue, sculpted by Uno John Palo Kangas, was placed in a prominent location in a public park across the street from the Ventura County Courthouse in 1936. The nine-foot bronze statue of Father Junipero Serra was erected in 1989, replacing a cement version that had deteriorated since it was first erected in 1936 with funding from the New Deal. In other states, some statues have been vandalized and forcibly removed by demonstrators. This statue of Father Junípero Serra in front of Ventura City Hall and other Serra statues will be removed. The Junipero Serra statue at Ventura City Hall. Father Junipero Serra(1713-1784) was a Roman CatholicSpanish Franciscan friar who founded nine Spanish Missions in California stretching from San Diegoto Carmel. 3 in 1974. The Indian Council objected due to Father Serra's alleged abuse and enslavement of the Chumash people. After the Courthouse was repurposed as Ventura City Hall, the concrete Father Serra statue was designated as City of Ventura Historic Landmark No. "We've been seeing around the country and the world statues of racist and genocidal people being taken down and we think it's time that happens in Ventura," said Ben Leaños, 23, of Camarillo, one of the demonstration's organizers. Yes. But it wasn’t toppled by protesters. [25], In 1988, the City of Ventura accepted a $17,000 bid from a group of student artists at the California Sculpture Center at College of the Desert in Palm Desert to create a bronze cast of the sculpture using the wood replica. No. Statue of St. Junipero Serra at the Ventura (California) City Hall (photo: Sh) Paul Kengor Nation June 25, 2020. "Serra is not the historical hero people thought when this landmark statue to him was erected," the petition states. [3]:37, The carving took 14 months from April 1987 to June 1988. [3]:59, The bronze cast replaced the original concrete statue in 1989 in the small park at the top of California Street overlooking downtown Ventura and the Pacific Ocean. [20] The wooden Serra statue was placed in a corner of the atrium with explanatory plaques. [7] The clay sculpture was built around a frame of wood and chicken wire which Kangas then covered with layers of clay. 3 in 1974. The bronze statue of St. Junipero Serra in front of Ventura's City Hall. Father Junipero Serra is the most recent target of protesters calling for the removal, and often the tearing down, of historical statues across our nation. This statue of Father Junípero Serra in front of Ventura City Hall and other Serra statues will be removed. In 1935, Uno John Palo Kangas (1904–1957), a sculptor born in Finland and raised in Michigan, was commissioned by Ventura County and the Works Progress Administration to create a statue of Father Serra as part of the Federal Art Project. Elewaut said in an interview that he personally favors keeping the statue where it is, but will go along with the others to bring a peaceful resolution to the issue. [3]:11 In 1983, Ventura City Councilman Russell Burns, a mechanical engineer, presented a report to the City Council describing the deterioration of the statue and concluding that the statue "in the not too distant future will fall apart. "I can't say that I agree that the statue should come down," he said. And I suspect that it's probably inevitable.". [13] A crane from OST had been used to remove the statue in 1989 and the statue was to have been temporarily stored at the OST yard. NOTE: On June 18, 2020, the City of Ventura issued a press release stating that it plans to work with members of the community in moving the statue of Father Junipero Serra to a new, non-public location. "[10], By the 1980s, it had deteriorated from years of exposure to Ventura's salt air and from the pooling of rainwater in the collar of the statue's robe, which formed a basin. [13][3]:53 As of April 2018[update], the concrete statue remained at the OST yard in a decaying wooden crate. [15][3]:28–39[23][24] The carving began with large strips of basswood from linden trees in a Great Lakes forest that were glued together to form a 1,200-pound block. A statue of Father Junipero Serra stands in front of the San Gabriel Mission on September 23, 2015. But, there’s been controversy about the way the settlers treated Native Americans. He enslaved us and degraded us as human beings.". [4] The City planned to store the concrete statue until the completion of a planned farm implements museum, where the concrete statue was to be installed. View of Father Serra Statue and California Street from steps of Ventura City Hall. But some historians and others blame Serra for what they say were his efforts to do away with Native American culture in California and for the premature deaths of thousands of indigenous people. US HEADLINES: Nearly 100 speakers took turns over three hours extolling the virtues or excoriating the legacy of 18th century Roman Catholic Saint The last of these nine missions, founded on March 31, 1782, was Mission San Buenaventura, which today is an active parish of 3,000 members located at 211 East Main Street in Ventura. [47] A statue in Carmel was removed for safekeeping. Father Junipero Serra Statue in Downtown Ventura June 14, 2020 / Conejo Joe. The Father Junipero Serra statue, as seen here in front of Ventura City Hall, has been removed and moved to Mission San Buenaventura. "Father Serra saw himself as a spiritual father for the indigenous people," he said. The wood replica was set in the atrium of the city hall for public display. [12][14], Ownership of the concrete statue passed from Ventura County to the City of Ventura in 1971. [26] A group of the student artists visited the wood statue at the old livery building and made latex molds in multiple sections. "Were people decimated? [32] In January 1991, four glass jars of orange and blue paint were thrown at the bronze cast; the words "Spirit of Crazy Horse" and an image of a clenched fist were also spray-painted on the sidewalk at the base of the statue. requesting that the City of Ventura remove the statue of Father Junipero Serra from its location near City Hall. [11] The farm implements museum was delayed when its chief proponent, Bob Pfeiler, became ill.[12] In 1996, the concrete statue was discovered by a reporter for the Los Angeles Times in a scrap yard operated by Oilfield Service & Trucking Company (OST) along Ventura Avenue. The young Catholics placed themselves between the vandals and the statue of Saint Junipero Serra located at Ventura city hall in California Thu Jun 25, 2020 - 3:36 pm EST In late June, this movement hit close to home in Ventura. requesting that the City of Ventura remove the statue of Father Junipero Serra from its location near City Hall. LaVere said he, Elewaut and Tumamait-Stenslie plan to attend Saturday's rally. Members of the art committee felt the statue was too large and not harmonious with the design of the atrium. He also made multiple sketches in preparation for the work. The Father Serra statue in Ventura, California, standing 9 feet, 4 inches, was displayed in front of Ventura City Hall between 1936 to 2020. The City loaned an initial sum of $15,000 to begin the process to be repaid by local boosters who raised more than $100,000 through the sale of limited edition 18-inch bronze replicas (hand-tooled by Charles Kubilos),[16][17] posters/lithographs,[18][19] and T-shirts, hats, and pins bearing the phrase "I Support the Serra Statue". Pictured: The bronze statue of Father Junipero Serra at Ventura City Hall. The Junipero Serra statue at Ventura City Hall. Photo by Stephen Heap. Such a move would be "a historic decision," the statement says. What else would he do? Junipero Serra founded the city of Ventura in 1782 when he established the mission of San Buenaventura, and his statue has stood in front of the city hall since 1936. VENTURA (CBSLA) – The Ventura City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to remove a controversial statue of Father Junipero Serra from outside its City Hall. Kangas had gained some acclaim in 1935 for a heroic statue of a Civilian Conservation Corps worker titled "Conservation of Man and Nature" that was installed at Griffith Park in Los Angeles. At 4 a.m. on a Thursday last July — in the midst of nationwide turmoil about the heroes we create when we put statues in public parks — a large bronze statue of Father Junipero Serra was removed from a highly visible location in front of Ventura’s classic Beaux-Arts City Hall. [3]:2 The carvers' studio was open to the public, and busloads of schoolchildren, senior citizens, and tourists visited the studio to observe the process. Elewaut defended Serra against allegations that he was racist and committed genocide. The public display of Serra statuary has been a source of controversy, particularly among those alleging that Serra was responsible for the suppression of the culture of Chumash people. [6] The sculpting process began with the creation of a full-size clay model; the clay model took four months to complete and was built at Kangas' studio at 3929 Fountain Avenue in Los Angeles. [39] The council found that the bronze statue did not meet the requirements to be designated a historic landmark since the bronze cast had never been officially deemed as such after it replaced the concrete statue. Ventura, Calif. — The public is invited to join the Ventura City Council for a virtual community discussion on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. about the Father Junipero Serra statue, located near City Hall on Poli Street. VENTURA (CBSLA) – The Ventura City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to remove a controversial statue of Father Junipero Serra from outside its City Hall. Emily Morris 2020-07-31T13:51:49-07:00 July 30th, 2020 | A statue of Father Junipero Serra is removed from in front of Ventura City Hall on July 23. [1] The statue, standing nine feet, four inches in height shows Father Serra standing with his head facing to the left and wearing a Franciscan cassock with cowl, sandals, and a rope belt (or cincture), a rosary hanging from the belt, a book in his left hand, and a walking stick (or staff) in his right hand. [7], The disposition of the original clay sculpture is unknown. Demanded by many Ventura residents for weeks, a controversial statue of 18th century Spanish missionary Junipero Serra was removed from in front of City Hall early Thursday. A statue of Father Junipero Serra stands in front of the San Gabriel Mission in San Gabriel, California on September 23, 2015. Go out and actually pay somebody to do the work? On the same day the statue of the same man was toppled in Los Angeles. The Ventura City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to remove a controversial statue of Father Junipero Serra from outside its City Hall. Serra oversaw the construction of nine of the California missions. Father Junipero Serra (1713-1784) was a Roman Catholic Spanish Franciscan friar who founded nine Spanish Missions in California stretching from San Diego to Carmel. The Father Serra statue in Ventura, California, depicting Junípero Serra, the founder of Mission San Buenaventura, was commissioned by Ventura County through the Works Progress Administration as part of the Federal Art Project. It belongs where it was placed, by the community of Ventura and the generous fundraising efforts to replace the historic statue. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times) For a time Saturday, it looked as if a statue of Junipero Serra outside City Hall in downtown Ventura might join the growing ranks of toppled figures. LaVere said releasing the statement two days before the rally was not an effort to steal the demonstrators' thunder or head off any potential vandalism. A nationwide campaign to remove statues of historical figures deemed to be racist is now bubbling up in Ventura. SUPPORT LOCAL JOURNALISM and get all the latest East County news from Star reporter Mike Harris. [20][3]:17–19[21][22], The reproduction process began by taking precise measurements of all aspects of the concrete statue, using 1,782 points of reference. Statue of St. Junipero Serra at the Ventura (California) City Hall (photo: Sh) Paul Kengor Nation June 25, 2020. 3 in 1974. The Ventura City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to remove a controversial statue of Father Junipero Serra from outside its City Hall. Community Leaders Propose Moving Controversial Statue On South Coast . The author, Rellis Smith, wrote: "To have statues such as the one in front of Ventura City Hall is a direct slap in the face of all Chumash and other Native American cultures. As deterioration of the concrete statue became a concern, a wood replica was created by local carvers and used to make a bronze cast. [3]:57 The bronze figure was then cast in 20 pieces using the "lost wax" method. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images) Our news is free on LAist. Was it purposeful? The bronze statue of St. Junipero Serra in front of Ventura's City Hall. "But I will acquiesce to it if it helps bring some healing to the present-day Chumash community. by Kimberly Rivers. ", Even so, Elewaut said he acknowledged "the hurt and the loss of culture that the indigenous people experienced.". Mike Harris covers the East County cities of Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks, as well as transportation countywide. He gained sainthood in 2015 when he was canonized by Pope Francis. The Father Junípero Serra monument has stood as a city landmark in front of the Ventura City Hall since 1936. The story announced: "'Fray Junipero Serra', by John Palo-Kangas, one of the scale models of sculpture to be shown at the Butte Art Center, beginning on April 21st, is in the original at the Ventura county courthouse at San Buenaventura, Calif."[8], Kangas next built a breakaway mold of the clay sculpture using plaster of paris. US HEADLINES: Nearly 100 speakers took turns over three hours extolling the virtues or excoriating the legacy of 18th century Roman Catholic Saint In addition, the statue was vandalised with paint and the City sandblasted the statue, damaging the statue's smooth outer layer and accelerating the decay. A bronze cast replaced the concrete statue in 1989. [3]:6 Kangas gathered sand and gravel from the Ventura River,[4] which he used to make a concrete aggregate material that he poured on location into the mold. "Comparison of Three Statues", a paper by Shirley Week (Kangas' daughter), October 9, 1990, p. 3, contained in Serra Statue ephemera file at the Research Library of the Museum of Ventura County. For the first time in Ventura County, a statue representing the colonization, enslavement and killing of the Chumash people, the indigenous people who lived on the land that today is called the City of San Buenaventura, will be removed. You can contact him at mike.harris@vcstar.com or 805-437-0323. VENTURA, Calif. He had free slave labor.”[38], The removal proposal was overwhelmingly approved by the city council in July. [40], In the early morning of July 24, construction crews removed the statue from its plinth. It is as iconic as the train horn that announces the train’s arrival, in this beautiful city. The concrete statue was replaced by the bronze cast in 1989. Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere, the Barbareño/Venureño Band of Mission Indians and Father Tom Elewaut issue a joint statement agreeing to move a statue of missionary Junipero Serra. [3]:2 Kangas was paid $5,000 for his work. [4] Kangas had gained some acclaim in 1935 for a heroic statue of a Civilian Conservation Corps worker titled "Conservation of Man and Nature" that was installed at Griffith Park in Los Angeles. The statue of St. Junipero Serra is the latest to be either defaced or forcibly removed by people protesting against monuments that depict the country's colonial and racist past. [46], The attention and damage to the statues of Junípero Serra was renewed during the George Floyd protests which expanded to include monuments of individuals associated with the controversy over the genocide of indigenous peoples in the Americas. A plaque at the base of the statue states: "The citizens of the City of San Buenaventura gratefully recognize the extraordinary efforts of Councilman Russell Burns (1918–1994) and master carver Wilbur Rubottom (1914–1993) to replace the decaying concrete 1936 statue of Father Serra by John Palo-Kangas with this bronze copy dedicated on October 20, 1989. A wooden version sits inside city hall. The Father Serra statues in downtown Ventura (Both outside and inside City Hall) are offensive and must be taken down by the City of Ventura, and Ventura Unified must move towards changing the names of Junipero Serra Elementary and Blanche Reynolds Elementary schools, immediately. (Credit Ken Lund/Flickr/ CC BY-SA 2.0) (Credit Ken Lund/Flickr/ CC BY-SA 2.0) By a 6-0 vote, the Ventura City Council approved a motion at the end of a special meeting on Wednesday, July 15, to permanently remove two statues of St. Junípero Serra from public land. Located on a pedestrian island in front of Ventura City Hall at the intersection of N. California Street and Poli Street is a bronze statue of Father Junipero Serra. A statue in Los Angeles and another statue in San Francisco were toppled on Juneteenth. Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere, the Barbareño/Venureño Band of Mission Indians and Father Tom Elewaut issue a joint statement agreeing to move a statue of missionary Junipero Serra. Merriam said: "A beautiful statue is about to be made visible, exemplifying the spirit of this pioneering priest – noble, brave and holy – a patriot of patriots. The Father Junípero Serra monument has stood as a city landmark in front of the Ventura City Hall since 1936. The city installed a bronze statue in 1989 to replace the deteriorating original. The statue of St. Junipero Serra is the latest to be either defaced or forcibly removed by people protesting against monuments that depict the country's colonial and racist past. Marieanne Quiroz, a spokeswoman for the district, could not be reached for comment. For a time Saturday, it looked as if a statue of Junipero Serra outside City Hall in downtown Ventura might join the growing ranks of toppled figures. The Father Serra statues in downtown Ventura (Both outside and inside City Hall) are offensive and must be taken down by the City of Ventura, and Ventura Unified must move towards changing the names of Junipero Serra Elementary and Blanche Reynolds Elementary schools, immediately. In Ventura he was protected by young people from Ventura. All rights reserved. "[30], The City's plan to display the wooden replica in the atrium of Ventura City Hall was met with objections from the city art committee and the Candelaria American Indian Council. [3]:6 After the concrete hardened, the mold was removed and Kangas smoothed the outer surface. 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[31][25], In May 1980, primer paint was poured over the concrete statue; city workers sandblasted the paint from the statue. [3]:13 In 1986, Burns' proposal was unanimously adopted by the Ventura City Council. 2 statues removed, one more in works. During the weekend, two statues of Father Junipero Serra, a Spanish priest who established several missions in California in the 1770’s and helped lead to the settlement of the state, were removed by protesters in Los Angeles and San Francisco. "The removal of the statue is going to give us a place to breathe. [49], 1936 Federal Art Project in Ventura, California of Junípero Serra, Bronze cast in front of Ventura City Hall in 2009. Objections to the public display of Serra statuary cite the mistreatment of the Native American people during the mission era. Get a digital subscription. Statue of Father Junipero Serra wearing a mask shortly after the COVID-19 outbreak. "We have listened and we have heard the calls from those in the community and believe the time has come for the statue to be taken down and moved to a more appropriate non-public location," it says. In a joint statement released Thursday, Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere, Father Tom Elewaut of Mission San Buenaventura and Tumamait-Stenslie say they agree the statue should be removed from the public property. 2 statues removed, one more in works. In 1936, the Federal Art Project (part of the New Deal) funded this heroic sculpture. The bronze statue of St. Junipero Serra in front of Ventura's City Hall. He established missions up and down California as he traveled by foot from San Diego to San Francisco. kimberly@vcreporter.com. LaVere said in an interview that removal of the statue would have to be authorized by the Ventura City Council and should also involve the voices of the Chumash tribe and Ventura residents. A demonstration was held. Following Serra's canonization in 2015, Serra statues were vandalized at Carmel Mission (smeared with green paint, "Saint of Genocide" written on a headstone),[42] Monterey's Lower Presidio Historic Park (decapitated),[43] San Fernando Mission (hands painted red and word "murderer" scrawled),[44] Mission Santa Barbara (decapitated and covered in red paint),[45] and San Gabriel Mission (cut with electric saw and splashed with red paint). Father Serra was called by many "the apostle of California" and has long held an honored place in California's diverse and culturally collaborative history. "As a community we cannot and will not support the dehumanization of the Native American community any longer," the petition says. A statue of Serra in front of the Old Mission Santa Barbara was decapitated and doused with red paint in 2017. [48] The Mission San Luis Obispo also removed their statue from public display. [3]:13[15], Based on the findings, Councilman Burns proposed the creation of a wood replica of the statue which could then be used as a model for a bronze cast to be put in place of the decaying concrete statue. The original concrete Father Serra statue was declared Ventura Historic Landmark No. However, a newspaper story from April 1938 suggests that the original clay model may have been loaned to a museum in Butte, Montana, for an exhibition on scale models of sculpture. Meanwhile, a petition on change.org to have the statue taken down had gathered more than 5,200 signatures as of Thursday afternoon. [15][3]:24 According to a book written on the process, "more than 4,000 charts, drawings, grids, and photographs were made from the measurements. In his speech, Gov. [3]:6 According to a contemporary of the artist, Kangas used Meiners Oak resident Gordon Douglas as a model for the face of Serra. Statues of Father Junipero Serra are being taken down or torn down due to his historical involvement in enslaving and killing the native people of California. "We are calling for restorative justice and are petitioning for his statue to be removed immediately.". In 1782, Serra founded Mission San Buenaventura, his ninth and final mission, on a site that became downtown Ventura. The statue is a designated historic landmark, the statement says. The unveiling ceremony was attended by Kangas, Governor Frank Merriam, Mayor George A. Newell, Jr., and other notable persons. Emily Morris 2020-07-31T13:51:49-07:00 July 30th, 2020 | A statue of Father Junipero Serra is removed from in front of Ventura City Hall on July 23. In late May, protesters tore down statues of Serra in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and Los Angeles’s Olvera Street. A demonstration is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday to demand that a statue of Father Junipero Serra on public property in front of Ventura City Hall be taken down on grounds he committed atrocities against Native Americans, including the Chumash, in the 18th century. 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During the weekend, two statues of Father Junipero Serra, a Spanish priest who established several missions in California in the 1770’s and helped lead to the settlement of the state, were removed by protesters in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The special public meeting will include the Ventura Mayor, City Council, and City leadership. It was June 2001, our first trip to California. "The goal of this statement is to show the public that the Chumash, the Mission and the city are all committed to a peaceful, collaborative process," he said. Father Serra was called by many "the apostle of California" and has long held an honored place in California's diverse and culturally collaborative history. Of course he was going to protect us. In Ventura, LaVere, Tumamait-Stenslie and Father Tom Elewaut, pastor of the mission founded by Serra in 1782 and built by the indigenous people, issued a joint statement on June 18 agreeing to take down the statue and have it “moved to a more appropriate non-public location.” [34], Serra was canonised as a saint by Pope Francis in September 2015, drawing national attention to Ventura's Father Serra statue. [4] The statue was removed from its pedestal in September 1989 to make room for installation of the bronze cast. Kangas was paid $5,000 for his work. To that end, Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere organized a meeting with representatives from the Barbareño/ Ventureño Band of Mission Indians (Chumash) and Father Tom Elewaut of Mission San Buenaventura. 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