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Artist gives back $20,000 grant for surfer statue, accuses Laguna Beach of meddling with his art

PublicArt Sculptor Andrew Myers has told Laguna Beach officials that the changes made to his submission in the Brooks Street art competition are unacceptable and that he is withdrawing his winning entry.

The city was waiting for Myers' written withdrawal before taking further
action on its obligation to provide a piece of public art for its Brooks Street access renovation or pay into the art-in-lieu fund. The letter arrived Thursday morning.

"To do anything different from the council's previous action would take subsequent council action," Assistant City Manager John Pietig said. "No date has been set for the item to be heard."

Myers decided to relinquish the $20,000 prize money rather than make the changes to his bronze sculpture of a surfer that were imposed by the City Council at its May 18 meeting. The changes included relocating and reorienting the sculpture and removing the orange color from the surfboard.

"The council compromised the artist's vision, and I agree with his position, and I applaud him," architect Morris Skenderian, who redesigned the Brooks Street public access, told the Coastline Pilot.

Read the full story here.

-- Barbara Diamond, Coastline Pilot

-- Photo from Don Leach

Comments () | Archives (3)

When more folks take pride in their work over money, this world will begin to heal...

Good choice Andrew!

Any one who does not recognize 'competition orange' as a correct color for the surf genre would have never ridden in a woody in the early sixties with the rest of us, the neuveu council simply just doesnt get it, and I for one suppose they never will, and besides the cities historic friction with artists is well documented, add this one to the flotsam jetsam of their wrecked decisions.
Why did the city ever bother even starting this to begin with if they were going to censure a color?

What color did they want it, chartuse?


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