David Hvistendahl has been cited by the City of Northfield for installation of art work without a permit. Earlier this month, artist Barb Matz had her mannequin morph, Froggy Bottoms’ Bottoms, installed on the second river deck of Froggy Bottoms. (See blog post.)
It’s another example of Northfield’s propensity to over-regulate. Business-unfriendly is nothing new, but art-unfriendly?
The city’s inspector general, Brook Johnson, said Hvistendahl’s been around long enough to know the rules.
He can mount mannequins in the privacy of his own home but public mounting is another matter. Without permits, this public art thing could get out of hand in a hurry in this town. Before you know it, the Robert Mapplethorpes of the world would be flocking here. Those prayer ladies would really have their hands full then.
The Northfield Arts and Culture Commission, embroiled in a controversy over Sturgis-related trip expenses, could not be reached for comment.