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Fuck Art – part 3 / February 18, 2005
Not only is he not allowed to replicate a painting by Michelangelo, but he gets in trouble for using the word “love”:
“He painted Eve as God created her: nude. And when he finished including the bare-bosomed Biblical first woman, he inscribed the word “love” on the mural that covers the outside wall of his Roseville art studio.
“In Ed (Gonzo) Stross’ eyes, his variation on Michelangelo’s “Creation of Man” mural is art. In 39A District Judge Marco Santia’s eyes, it’s a crime.
“Santia ordered jail time, a fine and probation — a sentence that sounds a little harsh to a state senator, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and fellow artists.
“Santia ordered Stross, 43, to serve 30 days in jail, do two years’ probation and pay a $500 fine for violating a city sign ordinance. Roseville officials said letters were prohibited on the mural and Eve’s exposed chest is indecent.”