MU has removed Tiger Spot, to settle litigation with artist

Monday, May 14, 2012 | 11:06 a.m. CDT; updated 8:14 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 14, 2012
This file image shows the damage to Tiger Spot on Lowry Mall. The mosaic has been covered by a tarp since 2007. MU said Monday the university reached an agreement to pay the artist and remove the mosaic.

An updated version of this article has been posted.

COLUMBIA — After more than a decade of cyclical deterioration and repair, Tiger Spot has been removed from Lowry Mall, according to a Monday news release from the MU News Bureau.

In January 2011, the university entered into litigation with artist Paul Jackson, who claimed MU's non-compliance with his maintenance instructions had resulted in the defamation of his work and his reputation. 

According to the release, "the university will pay Jackson $125,000 to dismiss the litigation, resolve all claims, relinquish his artist's rights to the mosaic, and give the university the right to permanently remove the mosaic."

A replacement for the installation will be determined by the MU Art and Artifacts Committee.

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