Advisory group creating plan to evaluate controversial artwork in Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville could soon have a new plan for how to evaluate controversial artwork.
The Public Arts Monuments Advisory Committee had its final meeting Wednesday night after spending months coming up with procedures that could be used to evaluate controversial artwork in Louisville.
The John B. Castleman statue has been vandalized several times since August. Crews cleaned off the words "traitor" and "racist" discovered overnight in April.
The George D. Prentice statue outside the downtown library was splattered in orange paint in February.
The new plan includes a way for removing city works of art that calls for a public process, comprehensive research, and an analysis of whether the artwork reflects community values.
Delvin Ramey of Louisville believes both the Castleman and Prentice statues should be removed.
“I’m hopeful that the criteria when implemented will be helpful. It refers to not supporting monuments that advocate white supremacy issues. It refers to not hurting people,” Ramey said.
Louis Bowman wants the Castleman statue to stay.
“I realized their outrage was misplaced and this person is not who they’re claiming him to be. There were a lot more virtuous things that he did in the city,” Bowman said.
The committee has to submit the final document to the mayor's office by the end of the week.
Ultimately, the decision is up to Mayor Greg Fischer.
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