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Artists Aghast at Anti-Public Art Lawsuit Against Oakland

August 1, 2015

By  : kqed – excerpt

Artists across the Bay Area are expressing shock and dismay after the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area (BIA) filed a lawsuit against the city of Oakland last week over the issue of public art in privately-funded developments.

The BIA Bay Area, a nonprofit association of contractors, developers and building industry business owners, is fighting the city’s percent for art ordinance, which they claim violates their first and fifth amendment rights.

“I consider this the ‘slip and fall’ of development lawsuits,” says Oakland artist Randy Colosky.

The ordinance, which already applied to Oakland municipal projects, expanded in early February to require that commercial projects costing more than $200,000 devote one percent of their budgets to public art. Residential projects must devote one-half percent of their budgets to public art. Alternatively, any building project can pay a corresponding amount into a pooled fund for public art programs.

“Developers owe it to the city and residents to enrich the landscape and culture of the urban space,” Emma Spertus, artist and founder of the Oakland studio building and residency program Real Time and Space, says…  (more) 

This is an important case to watch. One of many that is bringing out the big guns. Something should be done to mitigate the bad taste in designs we are suddenly surrounded by. I feel like I am living in a Modrian nightmare. Have modern architects no imagination? Or are developers too cheap to hire anyone with taste?
One Comment leave one →
  1. holeshothunter permalink
    August 1, 2015 8:17 am

    artistically paint a mural with their blood.


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