Red Bows for Michael’s Geese- Think Again

michael snow's geese eaton centreMy husband Dave is checking out the sculpture Flight Stop by artist Michael Snow in the Eaton Centre in Toronto. Our tour guide told us how this iconic Canadian art work was at the heart of a landmark intellectual property case in Canada. michael snow flight stopDuring the Christmas season in 1981 the Eaton Centre decided to put red bows on the geese in Flight Stop to give them a festive flavor.  Snow took exception to the bows and asked to have them removed. The Centre had spent thousands of dollars to have workers and equipment position the bows on the geese and promised after the Christmas season to remove them when they took down the rest of the decorations in the Eaton Centre.

flight stop by michael snowMichael Snow said that wasn’t good enough. He claimed the bows distorted the integrity of his artwork and he wanted them removed immediately. He took the Eaton Centre to court and the judge agreed with Snow issuing an injunction to have the bows removed. 

Snow versus The Eaton Centre affirmed the rights of an artist to protect the integrity of their work. audience by michael snow skydome

Later when we went to a Blue Jays game at the Skydome I saw another sculpture by Michael Snow called The Audience. 

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