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September 02, 1987| Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

U.S. District Judge Milton Pollack on Monday dismissed a $30-million lawsuit filed by artist Richard Serra to block relocation of his "Tilted Arc," a 120-foot-long wall of rusty steel, from lower Manhattan's Federal Plaza. Serra had claimed that moving the artwork "negates, and therefore destroys, its artistic expression." The suit, filed against the U.S. General Services Administration that commissioned the work for $175,000 in 1979, claimed Serra designed the sculpture to be "site specific" to Federal Plaza and moving it would violate his constitutional rights to free speech and due process. But Pollack dismissed that idea, saying that GSA did not intend to destroy the work, but only to move it "for functional purposes--in order to regain the openness of the plaza."

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