Regarding Ron Galperin's "Public Art" article (July 15):
When conservative Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) objects to public funding of art that is arguably obscene and clearly blasphemous, all hell breaks loose, even though he has not tried to keep anyone from creating any art with private funds.
But when tried and true Westside liberal Alan Sieroty and the Community Redevelopment Agency actually use government power to censor art by forcing developers to exclude art privately commissioned by them, and put in only "public art" officially approved by the CRA Arts Advisory Committee, that seems to evoke no protest from the otherwise vocal art establishment.
To add insult to injury, first the CRA forces the developers to put in public art into their projects, and then it claims the right to censor the resulting sculpture. How is that for sheer chutzpah ?