Arizona city council halts work on mural honoring John McCain over ‘protocol’ concerns, neighbor complaints

TheHill | 1/9/2019 | Avery Anapol
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Officials in Scottsdale, Ariz., voted this week to halt work on a mural honoring the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) amid concerns over “protocol” and complaints from neighbors.

The “Maverick Mural” was approved by the Scottsdale Development Review Board last month, but city council members voted 5-2 on Tuesday to review that decision, according to the Arizona Republic.

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City Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield raised concerns that local artist Aaron Bass and architect Tommy Suchart did not go through proper public art processes to get the mural approved, insisting to the paper that her opposition was not political.

“I didn't do this because it was a mural of John McCain," Littlefield said. “Everybody else in Scottsdale has to go through public art process, and it weakens the entire public art process throughout the city if one person doesn't have to go through the process."

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The mural, which is set to be 30 feet tall and 120 feet wide, would be a portrait of the late senator comprised of thousands of photos of iconic Arizona images, including copper, cattle and cotton.

Littlefield has also clashed with other city officials over whether the mural can be classified as public art, and therefore, whether it needs to be approved by a local arts non-profit in addition to city officials.

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A neighbor whose owns the parking lot adjacent to the mural also raised concerns about the project’s scope, calling it “rather...
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