Protesting Lack of Public Art, West Virginia Artist Makes ‘Crappy’ Artwork, Faces $500 Fine

Every once in a while you wake up on a Monday morning, read a story and just know that it is going to be a good week. This is one of those Mondays.

The Associated Press reports that David Heatwole, an artist based in Martinsburg, W. Va., faces a $500 fine for littering after leaving a sculpture that consists of a toilet and three purple balloons filled with helium on an empty pedestal in the town. The lid carried the message: “Put art in Martinsburg.” Mr. Heatwole has said he left the sculpture as part of a protest to encourage the city council to commission contemporary art for the town. Read More