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Goodbye Lady Liberty, Hello Sims

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In the long-brewing war between billboard company Skytag and the city of LA, behold the latest artillery fire --at least one of those Lady Liberty supergraphics has gone commercial, as long predicted. With last week's temporary injunction that prohibits the city from taking legal action against 18 supergraphic sites while the case goes to court, Skytag seems to be shifting away from its "public art" proclamations towards straightforward advertising. An irate reader sends in this snap of a building at 10921 Wilshire (one of the buildings on the injunction) and writes "Remember Mike McNeilly’s claim that his Statue of Liberty 'murals' were a patriotic expression of free speech? Here’s a picture I took this morning of the building in Westwood Village (on Wilshire Blvd.) Over the weekend, the Statue came down and the Sims went up. So much for patriotism." Meanwhile, this building on Wilshire was also the subject of a 2003 settlement in which "McNeilly questioned whether building inspectors were trying to quash patriotic images in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks." Just be grateful it's not another lap band ad.
· Supergraphic entrepreneur's tactic in L.A. infuriates foes [LA Times]