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W.Va. artist charged with littering in potty prank
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Apr 20, 9:47 AM (ET)

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia artist is charged with littering after he placed a toilet on a pedestal in a city square in what he says was a plea for more public art.

The Herald-Mail () reports 42-year-old David Heatwole of Martinsburg could be fined up to $500 if convicted May 2 in Municipal Court. He tied three purple, helium-filled balloons to the toilet's handle and attached a fake bill of sale for a "crappy work of art."http://bit.ly/JjCpUv

Heatwole tells the newspaper he wanted to show the city that art can make the city a better place to live.

The pedestal he used was built last year for a planned sculpture of Martinsburg's founder, Revolutionary War Maj. Gen. Adam Stephen. Heatwole has suggested installing a contemporary art sculpture on the pedestal instead of a historical monument.




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