A newly-formed site search committee will seek a permanent home for a donated sculpture of Queen Shamiram, accepted by the Turlock City Arts Commission in January.
But the statue likely won't be sited at California State University Stanislaus, as local Assyrian leaders had desired.
According to Turlock staff the University has “no interest” in displaying the sculpture. Parks Commissioners expressed interest in writing a formal letter asking the University to accept the sculpture, but Queen Shamiram will now likely end up on some piece of city-owned property.
Turlock Parks, Recreation, and Community Programs Commissioner Jeremy Rocha suggested the Carnegie Arts Center as a potential site. Others suggested a location near an educational facility, or the Turlock Library.
Parks Commissioners Andrew Davoodian and Bella Daniel, along with three Turlock City Arts Commissioners, will be tasked with developing a list of potential sites.
The 9-foot tall bronze statue depicts the first female ruler of the Neo Assyrian Empire, nearly 2,500 years ago. It was donated by chef, radio, and television personality Narsai David, formerly of Turlock.