Art Car Follow-Up
We’re still following the saga of the cactus art car in Austin. Is it art? Nuisance? Only a Judge has the cojones to decide.
More than a year after a judge deemed it junk, an old smashed-up Oldsmobile with cactus growing out of it is still in park outside a local novelty store….
Since November 2007… it was filled with dirt and cactus planted inside. Then, local artists decorated it with scenes reminiscent of San Marcos. But it wasn’t long before a city code officer saw the car and deemed it a public nuisance…
The car was again ruled a nuisance by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks in March….
The case is now pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans.
It doesn’t look good for the cactus art car. The judges are all philistines, with no taste or respect for the traditions of art. Why, this is practically the test case for the country as to the very definition and future of the world of art in our world, today, and tomorrow, and yesterday too. I hope the judges change their mind and recognize the good thing that is art.