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

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  1. [...] Protesting Lack of Public Art, West Virginia Artist Makes 'Crappy' Artwork … 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. Read more on GalleristNY [...]

  2. [...] Andrew Russeth from Gallerist NY wrote about a story that developed in West Virginia where an artist left a sculpture consisting of a toilet with three purple balloons on a pedestal in his town center.  David Heatwole, an artist based in Martinsburg, West Virginia, said the sculpture was in protest of his city council’s lack of support of or commissions for public contemporary art. The pedestal was originally installed for a sculpture of Martinsburg’s founder, Major General Adam Stephan but officials had halted the project due to lack of funds. [...]