sent: Wednesday, June 08, 2011 8:34 PM
To: City Manager; gsabine
Subject: Surfing Madonna
Confirming our conversation today, I am privileged to represent the artist who created the so-called "Surfing Madonna." His name is Mark Patterson, also a long-time citizen of Encinitas.
Fox News San Diego. It was on the 6 p.m. news tonight and wil be on again tonight at 1 0 p.m. The entire interview
wil be posted shortly on the station's website. As we discussed, Mark never expected or intended the response that his work has gotten: Before you judge or questionthe artist's motives, please watch the entire interview.
As you will see, Mark said, "This is my gift to the community. It came from inspiration. It has an As I told you in advance, Mark gave a television interview today to Loren Nancarrow of important message of 'Save the Ocean'."
Today, with Mark's permission, I spoke with the City's consultant Andrea Morse of Sculpture Conservation Studio, Inc., in order to provide her with the technical details necessar to safely remove the ar without destroying it, if that is what ultimately must be.done. The removal, done properly, would leave only 18 small screw holes in the wall, all easily filled and causing no substantial or permanent damage.
During that discussion, Ms. Morse said that it was her conclusion that the piece is a beautiful piece of art, that the installation was "well thought out" and excellently mounted in a protected area. We hope you agree. She said it wil be her recommendation to the City that the mosaic be covered until it could be officially made "public ar." We think that is worthy and acheivable goal for us to work towards 6/9/2011 together. If it remains the City's decision to remove the art from its present location, be assured that Mark and I wil cooperate fully in the City's effort to remove the art work and re-locate it to a suitable new location.
Sincerely yours, Anton C. Gerschler, Esq.
Anton C. Gerschler
914-A North Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 633-4060 (office)
(6l9) 507-9411 (cell)
From the NCTimes:
Three people with the Los Angeles-based Sculpture Conservation Studio discovered the words "Ark" and "Patterson" written in marker on the very upper edge of the piece during an investigation Tuesday morning. At first they said someone named Mark Patterson could be the artist, but they took another look and had second thoughts, saying the letters could have been written after the piece went up.Mark says he has friends inside city hall. It is good to have friends inside city hall under the current form of government.