In victory for those opposing modern ‘art’, a West Virginia artist was charged with littering after he placed a toilet on a pedestal in a city square in what he says was a plea for more public art.

42-year-old David Heatwole of Martinsburg could be fined up to $500 if convicted on May 2 in Municipal Court.

He tied three purple, helium-filled balloons to the toilet’s handle and attached a fake bill of sale for a “crappy work of art.”

Heatwole said that he wanted to show the city that art can make the city a better place to live.

The pedestal he used was built last year for a planned sculpture of Martinsburg’s founder, Revolutionary War Maj. Gen. Adam Stephen.

Heatwole has suggested installing a contemporary art sculpture on the pedestal instead of a historical monument.

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