Skip to comments.Muralist offended by 'nasty' criticism of Livermore piece (11 misspellings!)
Posted on 10/09/2004 10:30:13 AM PDT by MikalM
The artist who created the now-infamous Livermore library mosaic that contains 11 misspellings says she no longer wants to fix it because of the "nasty messages from people who don't understand art."
Maria Alquilar, who complained that her name, too, was often misspelled, said she had been overwhelmed by dozens of phone calls and more than 1,000 e- mails since her errors -- from "Eistein" to "Shakespere" to "Michaelangelo" -- were widely publicized.
Fed up, Alquilar said Friday that she was reconsidering her decision to correct her work because the people of Livermore had been so mean.
"If I come out, there will probably be a demonstration," she said. "There is so much anger. I am so upset, I can't even think straight."
Alquilar will wait for the issue to die down before she makes a firm decision, but she said she would prefer that the city just tear up the piece, which measures 16 feet in diameter and includes 175 historical names and cultural words.
"I will consent if the city wants to pay to have it removed," she said.
City officials, who paid $40,000 for the mosaic, said they hoped Alquilar would correct the mistakes but had not received an answer.
"She indicated that she is not sure if she wants to come back," said Assistant City Manager Jim Piper. "We will get her final decision next week."
The city has not decided what to do if Alquilar, who lives in Miami, refuses to return, but officials are evaluating their options....
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Typical LOONY LEFT LIBERAL. Cannot take CRITICIZISM that they so easily spread about on CONSERVATIVES.
Go for it!
Awww, poor little stupid "artist".
"Nasty messages from people who don't understand art."
I am so glad I do not "understand" "art". I do appreciate good spelling , though.
I'm sure she would have been upset if they made out her check for $400.00 insteand of $40,000.
What a moron. The work would be removed at her cost.
A few years ago I didn't know what a lefty artist was now I is one.
Gosh, I hope she finds someone who can spell for the signs.
Well, basically, that's the problem.
This mess is a crying shame. I lived in Livermore at the time, and we were all really looking forward to having our tiny old library replaced. We spent a lot of money on the new complex, and you never saw a prettier, more modern library in your life. It's just gorgeous. And then they hired this illiterate yahoo come come along and screw it up.
Affirmative action in action. Anyone have a picture of this beaut. A picture is usually worth a thosand words.
"no longer wants to fix it because of the "nasty messages from people who don't understand art."
There is nothing wrong with this artists work. She has done some serious work in the past. I agree with her that in the context of her primitive style that the mispellings are not a problem. I don't even think that these are mispellings. It is a 20th century notion that there is a "right" and "wrong" way to spell last names. The feverish attempts to denigrate this woman and her work are childish and ill-informed. Anyone on the city council that is harassing this artist should be replaced at the ballot box. Here's an excerpt from a geneology website -
In most cases, if you turn back the clock less than a century, you will find at least one, perhaps more examples of a spelling change in a surname.
Many illustrious people frequently spelled their name in various ways including William Shakespeare who spelled his name Shakespeare, Shakespere, Shakespear, Shakspere and Shaxspere. Over the centuries names have changed greatly. "
That explains it.
this woman is pretentious as all get-out.
For someone who claims other people don't understand art, she misspelled the names of other artists for pete's sake!
But... But... They're SPELLING ERRORS!
She's really upset that corrections would have to come from _her own_ pocket, probably, which could run in the thousands by themselves for those few things.
You evidently haven't seen this 'piece'. I may not know about art, but I know about crap, and this is it.
I don't even resent the fact that my taxes paid for it as much as I resent it being such an eyesore in front of our wonderful new library.
Suck it up and correct the mis-spellings. The people will be grateful. This situation comes about because we have schooled a whole generation of kids in the idea that spelling doesn't count. Not true.
Actually, they were going to pay her $6,000 to fix it!
If you are serious about your post, you should try hanging out on some other website where Ebonics and taxpayer funded sh***y art is appreciated.
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