Czech Artist Jailed for Refusal to Pay Fines for Subversive Public Art Project
March 10, 2012
In an act that has angered many, Czech artist Roman Tyc has been jailed for refusing to pay fines in relation to his controversial public art work Semaphores. In 2007, Tyc used stencils to replace the green and red signals on 50 streetlights at major intersections in several cities with sardonic images, such as a man urinating, a figure hanging from a rope, a crucifixion victim, and even a man defecating. Tyc was charged with vandalism and was recently ordered to pay 80,000 korunas in damages ($4,260 USD) and 60,000 korunas in fines ($3,200 USD). Tyc agreed to pay the damages but was jailed for his refusal to pay the fines.