“When you have an artistic vision, sometimes you just can’t ignore it.” Mark Patterson
The Surfing Madonna has been a cause celebre since it mysteriously appeared on the concrete support of a train overpass on Good Friday/Earth Day in Encinatas, California.
Work of art or defacement of public property? The City Council said it must go. The public fell in love. The art vs. graffiti debate went into full gear. Experts were called in.
Art restorers Andrea Morse, below, and Andrew Smith, both of Los Angeles, test the possibility of removing the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe riding a surfboard from under a train overpass without damaging the artwork Tuesday, June 7, 2011, in Encinitas, Calif. Morse was hired by the city to test the artwork for removal and give a report. The unauthorized artwork is drawing a mass following, and even city officials who say she must go say they too have been taken by her. Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/08/3686791/expert-miracle-needed-to-remove.html#ixzz1OnPixtPX
We understand there is even a Facebook Page and Twitter feed in Her name.
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Many thanks to Jeff Zelnio, Maureen Doallas and other MAN fans who have been keeping me up to date on this story.