At her home in St. Paul, Minnesota, Iris Logan was having trouble getting grass to grow. So, she put stones, figures, and other works of art all over the area. Now, more than 30 years later, it’s kind of a landmark in the area. That is not the case for a city officer.
A recent check found different things, like wood and big rocks. Logan, who is 70 years old, was told to clean them up, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, a local newspaper. On December 6, the City Council will talk about it.
Logan said that the things the city did made her make the art in the first place. They fixed the road and dug so deeply around one of her trees that the roots were exposed to the air, she said. She added dirt, flowers, stones, and more stones, and more stones.
She said she would try to bring a rock home if she liked it. “I love rock music,” the new farmer from Mississippi said. Recently, Logan got written notice that someone from the city would ask the City Council to give her until December 22 to clean up. To fight the order, she wrote six pages of notes by hand. Logan wrote in response to one of the inspector’s worries that the stones would not go into the street or get in the way of city vehicles.
He said, “I just want to stand up for the next person.” This is Casey Rodriguez, who works for the St. Paul Department of Safety and Inspections. She said that about 16 other homes on the same street also got letters telling them to get rid of things that were blocking the street and follow city rules.
In an email to the Pioneer Press, she said that things that could get in the way of power and water lines should be kept off of boulevards, which are big roads. She also said that it keeps the tree roots clean and gives snow a place to stay in the winter.
Living close to Logan is Justin Lewandowski, who works as a neighborhood organizer. He said that 150 people approved a petition “in just a few hours.” He thinks the city will soon make its rules clear.
The fact that our friends stepped up so quickly to help shows how important this art is to our community, Lewandowski said. He said it’s not just about how it looks but also about who they are, how they follow city rules, and how they work with each other.