From the Art Law Report: Artist Adriana Varella Vs City of Palo Alto


Sullivan & Worcester LLP has taken action on behalf of its client, artist Adriana Varella, to protect her sculpture Digital DNA from removal and destruction by the City of Palo Alto, California. Digital DNA has stood in the heart of Palo Alto for nearly 15 years, and is widely beloved by the community. In that time it has been recognized for its compelling message about the effect of technology on society.

Partner Nicholas M. O’Donnell, attorney for Varella, said “Digital DNA is a work of recognized stature. Ms. Varella is entitled to protect the integrity of her work through the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (VARA).  On her behalf we have demanded that Palo Alto immediately cease all plans to remove Digital DNA from where it belongs—in the heart of Palo Alto.  We are prepared to protect her legal rights.”

For her part, Varella said, “I am saddened by Palo Alto’s decision to threaten the removal of my work, as it has brought both joy and an opportunity for reflection to the community.  I am hopeful that they will revisit this decision before it is too late.”

Read the entire article, written by Nicholas O'Donnell, Editor of the Art Law Report, by clicking here.