California town wants artist to correct spelling
Last Updated Thu, 07 Oct 2004 10:51:49 EDT
LIVERMORE, CALIF. - City councillors in Livermore, Calif., want to spend $6,000 US to correct the spelling on a large mural outside the city's new library.
Councillors and spectators were shocked when the $40,000 US ceramic mural was unveiled outside the new library in June, revealing the misspelled names of Einstein, Shakespeare, Vincent Van Gogh, Michelangelo and seven other historical figures.
"Our library director is very frustrated that she has this lovely new library and it has all these misspellings in front," city councillor Lorraine Dietrich told the Associated Press.
Dietrich is one of three council members who voted this week to authorize paying another $6,000 US, plus expenses, to fly artist Maria Alquilar from Florida to fix the errors. Livermore city council has four councillors plus Mayor Marshall Kamena.
Alquilar told the Associated Press she is willing to fix the five-metre mural, but had no apology for misspelling 11 names, including "Eistein," "Shakespere" and "Michaelangelo." There are 175 names on the mural.
"The importance of this work is that it is supposed to unite people," Alquilar said. "They are denigrating my work and the purpose of this work."
She created the work on her own time and it sat for two years before the city installed it. She said plenty of people who could and should have noticed the spelling errors had been around during the installation.
True artists, she said, wouldn't have noticed the errors. "The people that are into humanities, and are into Blake's concept of enlightenment, they are not looking at the words," she said.

"In their mind, the words register correctly."
Livermore is a town of about 80,000 people located 65 kilometres southeast of San Francisco.
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California town wants artist to correct spelling Last Updated Thu, 07 Oct 2004 10:51:49 EDT LIVERMORE, CALIF. - City councillors ... is a town of about 80,000 people located 65 kilometres southeast of San Francisco. Written by CBC News Online staff

The latest is that the artist does not want to go to Livermore to correct anything.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/10/09/MNGSK96KS21.DTL
Skitt (an erstwhile Livermore resident)
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California town wants artist to correct spelling Last Updated Thu, ... southeast of San Francisco. Written by CBC News Online staff

The latest is that the artist does not want to go to Livermore to correct anything.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/10/09/MNGSK96KS21.DTL
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I sympathise with the artist. Artists tend not to be great spellers anyway, and if the city has had the work for two years it's out of warranty, so to speak, and it's really the city's responsibility for the errors and their correction. If I were her I'd wait for the grovelling apology before flying out to a city which has hardly covered itself with glory over this incident.

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The latest is that the artist does not want to go to Livermore to correct anything.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/10/09/MNGSK96KS21.DTL I sympathise with the artist. Artists tend not to be great spellers anyway, and if the city has had ... for the grovelling apology before flying out to a city which has hardly covered itself with glory over this incident.

The misspellings were noted and written up in the papers when the work was first installed in June of this year. I have no idea in what form it sat around for two years.

Skitt (in Hayward, California)
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LIVERMORE, CALIF. - City councillors in Livermore, Calif., want to spend $6,000 US to correct the spelling on a large mural outside the city's new library.

Can't people check these things out ahead of time?
California town wants artist to correct spelling Last Updated Thu, 07 Oct 2004 10:51:49 EDT LIVERMORE, CALIF. - City councillors ... fly artist Maria Alquilar from Florida to fix the errors. Livermore city council has four councillors plus Mayor Marshall Kamena.

She should fix it for free.
Alquilar told the Associated Press she is willing to fix the five-metre mural, but had no apology for misspelling 11 ... She said plenty of people who could and should have noticed the spelling errors had been around during the installation.

This is true and would have helped the situation to notice the errors prior to spending the additional money for installation.
True artists, she said, wouldn't have noticed the errors. "The people that are into humanities, and are into Blake's concept ... is a town of about 80,000 people located 65 kilometres southeast of San Francisco. Written by CBC News Online staff

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California town wants artist to correct spelling Last Updated Thu, ... southeast of San Francisco. Written by CBC News Online staff

The latest is that the artist does not want to go to Livermore to correct anything. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/10/09/MNGSK96KS21.DTL

Can she spell lawsuit?

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Jess Askin wrote on 13 Oct 2004:
California town wants artist to correct spelling Last Updated Thu, 07 Oct 2004 10:51:49 EDT LIVERMORE, CALIF. - City councillors in Livermore, Calif., want to spend $6,000 US to correct the spelling on a large mural outside the city's new library.

Seems to me that the artist has the right idea when she says "The importance of this work is that it is supposed to unite people,"

POeople are never more united than when they are in error, and the larger the number in error, the more solid the union.

Everyone with a serious handle on reality knows that what is most important is that people agree on the correctness of their obvious errors rather than on their obvious incorrectness. That's what the social construction of reality is all about.

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} Jess Askin wrote on 13 Oct 2004:
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}> California town wants artist to correct spelling }> Last Updated Thu, 07 Oct 2004 10:51:49 EDT
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}> LIVERMORE, CALIF. - City councillors in Livermore, Calif., want to }> spend $6,000 US to correct the spelling on a large mural outside }> the city's new library.
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} Seems to me that the artist has the right idea when she says "The } importance of this work is that it is supposed to unite people," }
} POeople are never more united than when they are in error, and the } larger the number in error, the more solid the union. }
} Everyone with a serious handle on reality knows that what is most } important is that people agree on the correctness of their obvious } errors rather than on their obvious incorrectness. That's what the } social construction of reality is all about.
Now, now. Looks like you might could use a little dose of freedom, yourself.

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