Twice this week Friends of Unfair Park have written in to complain about the Crow family's decision to move their collection of sculptures formerly on display at the Trammell Crow Center behind the gates of Old Parkland, now Crow Holdings' HQ. A few weeks back, you'll recall, the Crows announced they were moving that estimable, till-now-open-to-the-public collection of Rodins and Bourdelles and Bernards to Maple and Oak Lawn to make way for the soon-to-get-dug-out Crow Asian Sculpture Garden in the Arts District. At which point the sculptures were lifted and loaded on flatbeds and trucked thisaway.
Alas, writes one Friend:
I went to the Crow Asian Art Museum today and afterward went to see the sculptures around the building. They were all gone, and I asked a worker where they had gone. He said they were installed at Old Parkland, which happens to be right up the street from where I live. So I stopped there and was promptly shooed away by a rent-a-cop who told me I was trespassing after I told him I was there to see the sculptures. ... If it is indeed true that the public may no longer visit these treasures which were so recently in the public realm, it would be an outrage.
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This Friend and another wonder: What's Crow Holdings' policy about letting the public on the grounds? And, will they ever be accessible again?
I know the answer to the first, since we're situated directly across the street: That increasingly sprawling campus is locked down tight, patrolled by several guards. No appointment, no access -- and that, as they say, is that. As for the second query: Harlan Crow's out of town with his family (spring break and so forth) and will respond upon his return, says his assistant.
Update at 3:47 p.m.: Crow called from Virginia to say that, well, for the time being and the foreseeable future, those statues and sculptures are saying put. He says he offered to sell them to the current owners of the Trammell Crow Center, and they couldn't afford them, which is why he schlepped them back to Parkland. That said ....
"If somebody is truly interested, they 're welcome to call us, and we might invite 'em over -- if they're polite," he says. "Long story short: They're not accessible every day to everybody, but if someone wants to see it, sure."