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Landmark art

July 10, 2011

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I enjoyed Sebastian Smee’s article [about the Citgo sign] (“Simple, vivid, compelling: the blinking heart of the city,’’ g, July 5). My grandfather used to work for University-Brink, the company that made that sign. He helped build and maintain it. When Foley Electric took it over they let it fall into neglect for too long. It really made my grandfather sad to see it in such disrepair. Unfortunately, he passed away before it was refurbished and beautiful again.

It’s nice to know that there are people out there who still see this as a work of art and appreciate the craftsmanship that went into building it.

TINA SANTACKAS Somerville

I couldn’t agree more [with Sebastian Smee]. To paraphrase Dan Shaughnessy, the Citgo sign is like an urban lighthouse, guiding the lost and comforting the familiar.

PATRICK WHITTLE Huntington, N.Y.

I have been thinking about this sign for a while now. I feel that the argument Sebastian Smee makes for it as modern art is understandable, but I believe the fine people of Boston have made a mistake in embracing it as a symbol of the city. As Smee states in his first paragraph, it represents a foreign oil company. I would be most pleased if John Henry would buy it and replace it with a neon Red Sox logo, it would be more appropriate. No one who does not own an oil company should be embracing it; the people love the sign and squawk when they have to pay $4 a gallon - dumb, in my opinion.

RUSS LOBAR Richmond, Calif.

Actually, the truly great and wondrous landmark of Kenmore Square is no more; [it’s] the White Fuel sign. Nothing was more humorous or eye-catching. The Citgo sign frankly cannot hold a candle to it.

JEFF SEIFERT Medford

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