The Surfing Madonna
The mosaic is indeed a special and unique work of art.
Because the mosaic piece was installed without the benefit of the public art review and vetting process issues such as appropriate location, durability and safety of materials, unknown attachment means to transportation infrastructure, and subject matter were not addressed.
The City has retained the services of a professional art conservancy agency (Sculpture Conservation Studios, Inc) to develop recommendations and feasibility of removal and relocation to minimize damage.
The city has been contacted by a number of nearby private property owners who would be happy to display the mosaic for the public to enjoy.
The conservancy firm conducted a site visit last week and is preparing the assessment and report. The report is anticipated to be completed this week.
Regardless of the subject matter or how it was installed the mosaic is a beautiful work of art. It has generated numerous comments from the public...overwhelmingly positive in nature. The simple message of Save the Ocean appeals to many of the city's residents.
I believe that the City will be able to find a positive resolution to this situation.