Art or Advertising? Online petition aims to keep flying doughnuts in Southside
A debate is cooking over whether a mural of doughnuts is art or advertisement.
Thursday, June 19th 2014, 4:49 pm EDT
The morsels on a corner of the Southside is gaining weight and not on your hips, but through an online petition to keep a doughnut mural where its at. A city inspector told Koch's Bakery owner Barbara Davis her art is against the law.
"So saying I can't paint dogs on a doggy day care, I can't paint books on a bookstore, I can't paint doughnuts on a bakery, that's kinda silly," local artist Hollie Berry says.
Berry is behind the petition to keep the mural in the Southside. "Its just stifling expression, and beyond that its hard to make it as an artist, its hard to make it as a small business, we need to support each other," she explains.
Hundreds have rallied support behind her and the councilman for the district says he got the message, loud and clear.
"The thing is the sign inspector is doing his job when he enforces the law as it is. I'm looking to change the law so we can have more public art and clearly define what's art and what's not," Councilman Chris Anderson says.
Current laws have wiped away artwork already. For instance, a wall on the side of Brewhaus in Northshore was once decorated with a large mural, the city put an end to that.
"Its gray paint on the side of the building now," General Manager Michael Nolan says.
To the city its advertising, to the community its a part of who they are.
"Its representing exactly what we are, what she is, same with the Woople building. They have all these great minds of technology which is representing what they are," Nolan says.
Is it art or advertising, more like blurred lines in an increasingly artistic city.
"How much more of an incentive is that for business owners to commission artists to paint beautiful artwork on the side of their building that will enhance the city at no cost to the taxpayers. I think it's a great, win, win, win situation for everybody," Berry says.
Anderson says he will discuss the issue with the rest of the council later this week.
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