The Therapy Sessions
Monday, October 18, 2004
Mural Misspellings Cost California City Big Bucks
LIVERMORE, Calif. -- You wouldn't expect to see a lot of misspelled words when you enter a public library.
That's why a California city is paying thousands of dollars to an artist so she'll correct the words she misspelled on a giant mural in the entryway of the new main library.
Eleven of the 175 words and names are misspelled, including Vincent Van Gogh, Michelangelo and Einstein.
Artist Maria Alquilar was initially paid $40,000 for the mosaic. Now, the city will pay another $6,000 plus her travel expenses from Miami for her to correct the work.
Alquilar blames city leaders for not catching what she calls "oversights."