Junk car or junk art?

On September 27, The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether or not to hear Kleinman v. City of San Marcos, in which the city is trying to remove a junked-car sculpture and the artists and owner are fighting to preserve it on first amendment grounds. Michael Kleinman, the piece’s owner, held a car-bash to promote his business, then planted cacti in the wreck and comissioned Scott Wade and John Furly Travis to embellish it with paintings. The city wants the piece removed under a junked-car ordinance, sparking another of those entertaining lawsuits in which the courts take up the question of "what is art?" The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the city, deeming legal protections described in an earlier case refer "solely to great works of art.” Tune in for further developments.

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