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Aycock Airport Battle Moves to Arbitration

Alice Aycock, "Star Sifter"
Alice Aycock, "Star Sifter" in JFK's Terminal One (courtesy the artist/Rubenstein Associates)

The saga of Alice Aycock vs. the food stands continues as the artist and JFK’s Terminal One Group Association (TOGA) head to arbitration to settle their dispute. The two sides are fighting over the potential removal of the artist’s site-specific sculpture from the terminal, a move TOGA unilaterally decided on late last year, in order to make space for new food concessions. Lawyers for Aycock obtained a temporary restraining order a few weeks ago to stop TOGA from dismantling and destroying the artwork, “Star Sifter,” which the group commissioned for the space in 1998.

Stephen Younger, a lawyer on Aycock’s team, gave Hyperallergic this statement:

“On behalf of Ms. Aycock, we’re quite pleased that Terminal One has agreed to arbitrate, which should result in a speedy decision in the case, and that they have agreed not to remove this piece of work in the meantime.”

The original contract stipulates that “Star Sifter” can be dismantled only if the removal is “required or necessary.” Aycock’s lawyers are arguing that concessions don’t qualify as such.

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