Hail ReX of NoLa Rising May 23, 2008Posted by Mark Folse in New Orelans, Toulouse Street.
Tags: art, CitiBusiness, City Council, grafitti, Micheal Dingler, New Orleans, NOLA, NOLA Rising, public art, vigilante
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Subject: NoLa Rising (Micheal Dingler) and Fred Radtke
I was disappointed to learn that Micheal Dingler, founder of the public art movement NoLa Rising, was still forced to both pay a fine and to agree to stop posting public works of art to escape the municipal charges engineered against him by Fred Radtke and Radtke’s allies in the NOPD. While Mr. Dingler is relieved of the threat of a large fine it is not the outcome many would have wished, which is for all charges to be dropped.
Meanwhile Mr. Radtke remains free to continue to deface public and private property and to intimidate anyone who questions his authority to do in his self-anointed crusade, with the blessing of a prior city council and local civic leaders, and the open collusion of the N.O.P.D. in his own municipal violations
I propose that the ordinances governing NoLa Rising’s activity (which amounts to posting bills) be amended to make a clear exception for the transient (easily removed; take it down and pull the nails) installation of non-commercial works of art on utility poles and similar locations where they in no way impede the function of city government, the utilities or endanger the public safety.
Here is the CitiBusiness article on the outcome. The T-P did not cover the story that I can find on line.
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