Washington, District of Columbia 2021-04-07 19:36:01 –
A Georgetown man put a two-ton character sculpture from the 2010 movie “Transformers” outside his home, causing a crack among the residents of Georgetown.
Newtown Howard, a professor at Georgetown University and owner of the statue, doesn’t think he needs permission, but the Old Georgetown Commission, which is responsible for ensuring that the neighborhood is true to its historic roots. The space that claims it is open and he needs it.
“It’s fun. I see people having fun. Howard said in response to the family taking pictures with the statues.
Sculptures of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee characters have been outside Howard’s house on Prospekt Street since January. The giant statue is made of motorcycle parts.
“I think they should be accepted,” Howard said.
Some board members disagree.
The statue rose without the permission of the public space, and the Advisory Committee opposed it.
The issue then landed before the Old Georgetown Board of Directors, who advised the Federal Art Project. Last week, the board decided that the statues were inappropriate for the location and denied Howard their permission. The statue will have to get off.
But Howard hasn’t given up. He said there was a deeper message behind the statue.
“Human unites,” he said. “They are independent, but they need each other.”
Howard deals with and studies artificial limbs and the human brain. He said it “gives people a second hope.”
Despite the board’s refusal, Howard said not everything was lost. There may be a compromise in works where the sculptures are only exhibited for a few months at a time.
“And the arts committee is also considering putting them all over town, so I’ll commission another 16 builds of them,” Howard said.
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