Five quails sculpted out of sheet metal have made it through the court metal detectors in Gilbert to roost in the lobby.
Donated by Judge David Phares, the quail were the subject of an Arts Advisory Board vote Monday. The board took action after concerns arose that the flock’s sharp edges could injure children and the art hadn’t been approved by the public art selection process.
The board decided to send a letter to Phares, thanking him for his gift to the town and reminding him that policy requires a review process for gifts of art.
The letter also mentions to the judge, who did not attend the meeting, that an alternative location might be better. The planter where the quail are now on display is under a staircase in the court building’s lobby.
Councilman Don Skousen told the board that safety was one reason the quail came to roost in the small area surrounded by low walls in the first place.
"Kids were falling in it," Skousen said. "That was part of the motivation of getting something in there."
Board member Jose Benavides said the space, along with other town nooks and crannies, could become part of a rotating art exhibit.
"It could be a display opportunity for artists," he said.