After earlier saying that “nothing precipitous will transpire before my review is completed”, Richmond Chief Administrative Officer Byron Marshall says this afternoon that the artwork must still be removed from the medians on Monument Avenue. Marshall put the blame on someone unnamed in the city, saying that the permit never should have been issued in the first place (calling them “unlawful signage“):
“The city of Richmond supports the arts community and continues to have a good working relationship with Art 180. We recognize the honorable work being done through Art 180 to serve children in the city of Richmond and acknowledge that this work is important to the social fabric of our communities.
“It is unfortunate that an erroneous permit was issued for the display in question. I’ve met with city attorneys today as well as agency officials to review this matter. It is clear that a mistake was made and it is now incumbent upon us to uphold the law.
“The Work in Streets Permit (WISP) was issued in violation of Richmond Code Section 38-113, which details unlawful signage in City medians. A review of the ordinances by which the city issues permits is underway to ensure that city employees have a clear understanding of the parameters involving the city/s right of way management.
“The city will work with Art 180 to assist with potentially putting the display on exhibit in a city park for an extended period.”