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$1.1 Million Settlement for Artist of Painted-Over Mural

Los Angeles artist Kent Twitchell has settled his lawsuit against the US government and eleven other defendants for painting over his six-story mural, Ed Ruscha Monument, which was located on the side of a federal-government-owned building in downtown Los Angeles, for $1.1 million, reports Diane Haithman, a Los Angeles Times staff writer. The settlement, disclosed Wednesday, is believed to be the largest awarded under the federal Visual Artists Rights Act or the California Art Preservation Act, both of which prohibit desecration, alteration, or destruction of certain works of public art without giving the artist ninety days' notice to allow the artist the option of removing the artwork. “It was a tough fight,” Twitchell said in an interview Wednesday. “I'm just sort of in shock and relief over it all.” The US government will pay $250,000 of the settlement. The other defendants are contractors and subcontractors responsible for managing and maintaining the building on Olympic Boulevard, which houses the Los Angeles Jobs Corps Center.