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This is not an art controversy 

I just read the New Times article “The debate of public art in SLO” (March 19), and have to say that there is no controversy regarding the utility box art at Broad and Pismo streets.

First off, contrary to what Peg Pinard says, she does not represent the public (and certainly not me). The appropriate city art review board is supposed to represent the public’s best interests. And since this art piece was reviewed and approved by this board, then I believe the public was served when selecting this art.

Regarding the art itself, I believe as long as public art is not overtly offensive to most sensible and reasonable people, then it is OK. Personally, I find the art piece humorous and that it creatively depicts a slice of SLO life. If the SLO City Council decides to remove this art, it would betray the city’s core values of supporting art and a strong bicycle-friendly culture. I don’t see why one person should be allowed to create a city-wide controversy where none exists.

-- Dean Arrighi - San Luis Obispo

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