A smaller grouping of objects had been placed in the snow in the parkway outside of PS 1 — on a city right-of-way. According to Department of Public Works spokeswoman Ann Williams, such displays are unregulated and the city won't move them, not unless they pose a safety issue to the community. And in fact, yesterday morning the larger shrine — two portions of a fence at the corner of a condo project being developed by TM Corporation -- were removed from that location and merged with the smaller shrine in a more formal presentation on the parkway.
Could it become more formal still? The Colorado Historical Society archived many of the items left at on the mammoth shrines outside of Columbine High School -- "that was the only one I've had my hand in in the fifteen years I've been here," Schrum says. As for creating a new collection, "once we get past the raw emotion and the connection to the person and the event, we must look at some of the real world issues," he notes. "Who owns this material now, for example."
And more immediately, whether any of it will survive the current snowstorm. Shrine on. — Patricia Calhoun