Chicago Sued For Intentional Mutilation of Flowers

A 72-year-old Chicago man who designed, planted, and maintained a massive wildflower garden on the city’s North Side, is suing the city for destroying his creation to make way for the increased foot traffic to the new Millenium Park. The lawsuit contends that the wildflowers were not merely a garden, but a work of art, and as such, they should have been protected under the Visual Artists Rights Act, a federal law prohibiting “‘intentional distortion, mutilation, or other modification’ of public artwork without permission of the creator.”