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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

October 7, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The artist who created the Ray Charles statue in downtown Albany wants to know why the project still isn't complete ten months after the plaza opened.

Andy Davis inspected and cleaned his sculpture Tuesday and said it's holding up well to the weather, but he's concerned about ongoing problems at the park. He's gotten questions from clients as far away as Japan about why the plaza hasn't been finished. He says the plaza has gotten international attention, and the fact that things aren't working properly reflects poorly on Albany.

"When everything working together you've got the music, the waterfall, the lighting the gorgeous sculpture, did I say gorgeous sculpture, I did when all that comes together it's this orchestra of beauty and then to see it not functioning properly now it just gets under my craw," said Andy Davis.

Assistant City Manager James Taylor spoke with Davis and us. He said problems with a crack in the base of the fountain have been repaired. Also, erosion issues on the hillside have been addressed. Today, they checked the fountain's lights and sound system. Once the temporary sod is replaced and the sprinkler system is repaired, the city will take control of the plaza from Albany Tomorrow. That's expected to happen in several more weeks.

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