I just noticed the gumbie people are by Jonathan Borofsky..
he did the infamous clown ballerina in Ocean Park (near Venice, CA).. that irritated me, but I didn't really want them to move it.
Hah, the photo says Marina del Rey.. wrong.
understand and follow the ups and downs of Richard Serra's Tilted Arc at Foley Square in NYC. People both despised it and had to walk around it to get to work, or so they said, and others either liked it or didn't want it to be censored. That was eventually taken down.
A lot of these things are government funded in public space, and the public is arguably the real client, or not the real client. I can see both sides of that.. but
my own question is not so much that any given piece be taken down because of immediate furor, but whether an artist "owns" that space with that piece for unlimited years, decades, centuries, if not otherwise time delineated in an original contract.