- Associated Press - Monday, March 30, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A councilman is calling for more public comment on city art commissions following criticism by some residents of a plan to install a large pink sculpture of a reclining figure in Queens.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer says he’ll introduce legislation on Tuesday that would allow for at least one public hearing on government-financed art commissions early in the design process.

Under current law, public officials and some members of the public are given opportunities to comment on projects commissioned by the city’s public art program called Percent for Art. But there’s no requirement to solicit public comment at a public forum.

Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, who worked with the Democrat on the bill, told The New York Times (https://nyti.ms/1aa9GBV ) the law hasn’t changed since it was written in 1982.

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Information from: The New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com

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