It’s not the kind of publicity you want. BAD publicity.
Miami artist Maria Alquilar returned to San Francisco to fix
the mural she created last year. Fixing meant correcting the spelling of
eleven (of 175) names, including those of Michelangelo, Einstein, and van Gogh.
The mural wasn’t only a city project, it was for the
library. Yes, the library, a venerable institution where one hopes words are
From the beginning, the artist was indignant–upset that
people were focusing on the misspellings instead of the design. Well, duh! What
did she think? She couldn’t have been thinking.
She didn’t want to fix her obvious mistakes and the city had to pony up $6,000 more and travel expenses to get her to come back and fix what she had started.
Now she will forever be known as the difficult artist who
didn’t want to own her mistakes, admit she was wrong, and correct them. Moreover, she contributes to the stereotype of the difficult, egotistical artist. If she
had only laughed along with everyone else and willingly fixed the work, she
could have received GOOD publicity instead of all the bad publicity that has ensued.