LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A controversial tapestry unveiled recently at the Los Angeles International Airport resulted in an order to remove the artwork, which was later reversed.
The 150-foot exhibit, titled "Eye-Speak," includes images inspired by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, such as a bare-breasted woman holding a bleeding heart with the World Trade Center's twin towers on fire behind her, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.
Negative reactions to the canvas art, which was first displayed Jan. 23 in the Tom Bradley International Terminal of the airport, caused airport officials to order the removal of the art.
"The problem is not the artwork, but that the artwork is inappropriate for the airport," said Kim Day, the airport agency's interim executive director, in a Jan. 28 email to Carrie Roche, public art administrator for the city's Cultural Affairs Department. "We are not a museum, and we need art that does not offend anyone, and does not in any way add stress to an already stressful experience."
Subsequent inquiries by the Times and other agencies caused airport executives to rethink their decision and agree the tapestry could remain in place through May 3.