The church's history is interwoven with Rochester's sociocultural and religious history. The leadership of the visionary Algernon Crapsey, who was defrocked from the ministry for heresy, was based at then-St. Andrew's. The first kindergarten in Rochester grew from recognition by the Crapseys of the need for good and nurturing care of young children in the neighborhood. Major American poet Adelaide Crapsey was a daughter. The Sibley and Watson families of Western Union fame and fortune worshipped there and were great supporters of Rev. Crapsey and his family. The religious furnishings including a remarkable marble altarpiece were designed by Rochester artist George Haushalter and are still in their original places. Racial justice and gay rights were embraced by the congregation and all were welcome in worship. The dismantling of it would be a tremendous loss on many levels.
Where does VARA legislation apply within this situation?
"If the building owner wants to remove an artwork which can be safely removed, the artist's rights apply unless (1) the building owner has made a diligent, good faith but unsuccessful attempt at notification of the artist of his removal intent, or (2) the building owner did provide notice, but the artist either failed to remove the work or to pay for its removal within 90 days after receiving notice. A "diligent, good-faith attempt" involves sending notice by registered mail to the artist at his most recent address as recorded by the Register of Copyrights. This record is part of a system, established by Congress, which permits an artist whose work is incorporated in a building to record his identity and address, with available update procedures, and similarly permits building owners to record evidence of their efforts to comply."
Having the privilege of seeing artists create...watching bare and barren spaces be transformed into vibrant surfaces...encouraging the public to explore and participate...Two thumbs up, Wall Therapy. Thanks, Rebecca.
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