The verdict is in. As far as the St. Paul City Council is concerned, this is art.
Creative Kidstuff won its appeal last night, successfully arguing that the cartoon cats it wants to add to its Grand Ave. storefront aren’t signs, they’re sculptures.
“I just frankly find it kind of fun to walk between a lion and a tiger and not be eaten,” said Council Member Dave Thune, who represents the area.
The council voted 5-1 to grant a variance to local signage size limits. But our readers were more closely divided. In response to a poll I posted yesterday, only one respondent said the cats were clearly art. Five said they were clearly advertising, and eight could see both sides of the argument.
“They function as art, but they serve the goals of advertising,” one survey respondent wrote.
I also asked for opinions on four other potential art-vertisements around the city. Here are the votes so far.
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Comment 1: “Not sure. I think this would likely be more pleasant to look at than the side of an old building. I would lean toward leniency on this one.”
Comment 2: “It shows the company’s logo and a product they sell. It’s an ad.”