Politics & Government

Capitol's nativity set won't be so large after all

The Department of General Administration says a nativity display planned for the Capitol Campus is smaller than initially expected. And it won't take up nearly as much space.

The sponsor of the exhibit, which was to go up this evening a bit south of the Tivoli Fountain, said he is using three-foot-tall figures of Joseph, Mary, and others – which takes less space than the life-size figures originally indicated.

"It is twelve figures (Jesus, Mary, Joseph, three wise men, a shepherd, two sheep, a cow, a donkey, and a camel). None of the figures are larger than approximately 3' tall. Consequently, I can narrow the expected size request from 50'x50' to 15'x15'," sponsor Hunter M. Abell of Bothell told GA in an email.

Ron Wesselius, a Thurston County realty agent who sued over his right to put a nativity in the Capitol Rotunda in 2006, is putting the display up and taking it down each day on behalf of Abell, GA spokesman Steve Valandra said.

Here is our piece earlier this week about the display. Here is a link to a story on GA’s year-old rules for campus displays and here is a piece that makes references to past controversies.

Updated to fix Abell's hometown.