US artist sentenced to jail and censorship for PG-rated mural

Lauren Cerand says: "An artist in the Detroit suburb of Roseville was given 30 days in jail, two-years' probation, and a $500 fine for painting a bare-breasted woman and the word "love" in a classically-themed mural on the side of his shop. The whole affair sounds quite incredible."

 Art 2005 Feb 18 Muralist

[Judge Marco] Santia ordered Stross, 43, to serve 30 days in jail, do two years' probation and pay a $500 fine for violating a city sign ordinance. Roseville officials said letters were prohibited on the mural and Eve's exposed chest is indecent.

Besides jail time and the fee, Stross is to tastefully cover Eve's breasts before reporting to the Macomb County Jail on Monday morning, and to paint over "love" by May 1.

"Removing the work is the ultimate punishment. The jail time is nothing compared to removing what I painted," Stross said Thursday.