Monday, June 05, 2006

Ruscha Painted Over!

No! No! No!

The L.A. Times is reporting that Kent Twitchell's Monument to Ed Ruscha at Hill and Olympic has been painted over! Destroyed!

To make it worse, the building housed a federal Jobs Corp program run by the U.S. Department of Labor! The contractor who did the work apparently isn't talking, and Twitchell is planning a lawsuit. But it's probably too late. The story quotes Nathan Zakheim as saying the work is "unrecoverable", despite a federal law specifically designed to protect these works of art!

How does this happen?

Let's find out. Write your state and federal representatives in government and ask them. If you're interested, I'll let you know what they tell me. You do the same, ok?

UPDATE: Christopher Knight has a wonderful entry about this in today's Critic's Notebook.

via abLA


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