Artist To Pay For Surfing Madonna Removal

Artist To Pay For Surfing Madonna Removal

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ENCINITAS — The Surfing Madonna mosaic will be removed from the train bridge on Encinitas Boulevard "as soon as reasonably possible."

Under an agreement between artist Mark Patterson and the city of Encinitas, Patterson will pay for the unauthorized but beloved stained-glass mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe on a surfboard to be taken down. He will also pay a $500 administrative fine to the city, and reimburse Encinitas the $2,125 it paid to Los Angeles-based Sculpture Conservation Studio for its study on how to remove the mosaic without damage.

The city and Patterson released a joint statement outlining the deal Tuesday.

"The new location has yet to be determined," Patterson said in the statement, "but it is my high priority to find a new venue within Encinitas — and bring the Surfing Madonna and her important message of 'Save The Ocean' — back into public view in our community as soon as possible."