Artist considers legal action against Hawaii Tourism AuthorityUPDATED 6:56 PM HST Sep 09, 2013Video Transcript
covered up, is considering legal action against the Hawaii Tourism Authority. And questions are also being raised about other art in public places. KITV4's Catherine Cruz joins us now... with new information. Catherine? Hans Ladislaus says he was contacted by a Honolulu attorney after the story broke last week. The California artist tells me he was not consulted about the move to hide his art piece after native Hawaiians complained his work was "offensive." - Anystream 00- :08 -"I am extremely concerned that someone can throw tarps over art that has been hanging for more than 16 years," Artist Hans Ladislaus is mad. And he's going online to express himself, after the Hawaiian tourism authority HID his wall mural from view. His abstract mural entitled "Forgotten Inheritance" has been in the same place since 1997... But depicts bones in the sand that a reconized cultural decendant of the area found "offensive." Ladislaus told KITV last week he was appalled no one bothered to contract him before the artwork was draped in black. - AnyStream 17" 21 -"The mural was never meant to be offensve. It underwent scrutiny by many govt communities including native Hawiians," The Hawaii Tourism Authority now intends to have it removed and replaced by art by a native Hawaiian. But a U-H law professor tells KITV, in trying to be the sensitive to the host culture of the islands, the HTA may run afoul of federal law. - Danielle Conway 2: 39 - 2 :45 -"Their work is protected from mutilation and from being covered up, as is done in this case." Conway calls it a form of censorship, chilling to an artist's creativity. Now other art could come into play. One viewer now wonders ... If iwi are too offensive for the convention center.. What about this artwork at the Hawaiian studies building at U-H? This work, by a native hawaiian, depicts the desecration of sacred kaai-- bones of Hawaiian chiefs that were taken from burial site and sold to a museum. "REX TAPE Paulette 14:22-14:25 I have seen it, and its not as offensive as this one is" - NATE TAPE Danielle 7:50- 8:03 - "The question will come up are there places and spaces and artists who have the authority to display these kinds of works and the short answer is, absolutely yes," - - NATE TAPE Jon Osorio16:33 -16:52 "There is a certain reverence and scaredness to certain things.and anyone who is going to cross over the native realm is going to have to deal with our arguments about that. They can not assume a western value like the artist is free to express whatever he wants.That doesnt work for us and it will never work for us," It remains to be seen how this dispute will play out. But Professor Conway suggests now would be the time to try and amend the Visual Artists Act to recognize indigenous traditional intellectual property law as a way to clarify cases like this going forward. Back to you.