UPDATE: City Reps Call Alameda Art Project ‘Offensive To Hispanics’ – Do You Agree? [POLL]
I wrote blog about City Reps Emma Acosta - my city rep - and Eddie Holguin when they said that artwork that will be installed along the Alameda rapid transit corridor is offensive to Hispanics and they don't want to see it installed. Now, they want City Council to fire the Seattle-based artists who developed the "offensive" art.
The city's Museums and Cultural Affairs Department approved design concepts for the Alameda corridor in June, but Emma Acosta and Eddie Holguin say some of the art is offensive to Hispanics.
Specifically, proposed figures such as an eye, a fish, a pear, and a bell were shot down by Acosta and Holguin who said the eye and hand are extremely insensitive to Hispanics. Gustavo Reveles, a former El Paso Times reporter and Hispanic, was on the committee that chose the images. He wasn't offended by the images. He must not be a very good Hispanic.
Tomorrow morning, City Council will be talking about the art project and possibly fire the artists who came up with the stylized loteria card images above.