“We have a town that’s rather lugubrious, grim and we wanted to brighten it up,” [Mayor Fabien Engleman] told the AFP news agency. “We painted the bottom swimming-pool blue and the rest turquoise. It wasn’t at all to harm the fountain.”Of which the mayor also said, 'It's a struggle to call it art.'
Unsurprisingly, [artist Alain] Mila disagrees.So Mila is suing the city and its Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti, claimimg that the paint job is, a “violation of all my work and values”.
The mayor is offering to sell the work back to the artist for the 9,000 Euros they paid for it originally.