Tsunami mural retroactively approved

Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 11:30:44 AM. The Historic Preservation Commission retroactively approved the Tsunami painting after years of dispute.
The controversy over the mural splashed across Tsunami restaurant has come to a swift close. The Historic Preservation Commission on Tuesday night voted to approve the painting on the restaurant, owned in part by Democratic mayoral candidate Gavin Buckley. The commission voted quickly and unanimously, with no prior discussion. The choice to retroactively accept the mural, originally unveiled in 2015, followed a years-long dispute over the building’s facade. The West Street building falls within Annapolis’s Historic District, but the mural was commissioned without approval from the HPC, which safeguards the city’s historic character. The commission previously argued it has jurisdiction over alterations of historic facades. Buckley has said the mural, a giant mashup of a golden Buddha and the screaming nurse from 1925 film “Battleship Potemkin,” did not fall under the commission’s purview. District court Judge John P. McKenna Jr. ruled in the city’s favor in May and, in his opinion, determined the city’s laws met content-neutrality requirements that allow a government to restrict circumstances of certain speech, but not the content of the speech itself. Buckley originally filed suit against the city rather than applying for a retroactive certificate of approval to prove a point, he said. “We just want the city to think about some other apparatus or some other way that doesn’t make the HPC in charge of artistic content,” Buckley said in an interview before the meeting. Chase...Read more
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