Artist objects to covering of 16-year-old mural
HONOLULU (AP) — A California artist says he was not consulted before a mural created more than a decade ago was suddenly hidden from view by the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
Hans Ladislaus tells KITV-TV that he’s concerned that someone can throw a tarp over art that has been hanging in public view for 16 years.
The Hawaii Tourism Authority ordered “Forgotten Inheritance,” a 10-foot-by-30-foot mural at the Honolulu Convention Center, to be draped in black cloth last week after a Hawaii woman complained that its depiction of bones in sand was offensive.
Ladislaus says the mural was never meant to be offensive and underwent scrutiny in 1997 by government and by Native Hawaiians.
A University of Hawaii law professor says the draping may violate federal law that protects artwork from mutilation.