Flaming statue to honor Almeda Fire victims draws criticism

The 20-foot statue of people surrounded by flames has drawn criticism that it is out of touch with the trauma victims endured.

MEDFORD, Ore. — The city of Medford has withdrawn plans for a 20-foot-tall statue of humanlike figures surrounded by flames, meant to honor the victims of the Almeda fire.

The plans drew criticism that the statue was out of touch with the victims’ trauma. 

The city had pledged to spend $34,000 on the statue, called “Firestorm,” and erect it in downtown Medford. It would be lit with LED flames that could be seen from miles away. 

The artist, Robert Barnum, said

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