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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Castro Unveils the Rainbow Honor Walk of Fame: Someone Forgot To Spellcheck the Plaques

Posted By on Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 12:41 PM

The city's first Rainbow Walk of Fame has become somewhat of a walk of shame after volunteers unveiled the new bronze plaques rife with typos.

The all-volunteer organization was in charge of creating the long-awaited Walk of Fame through the Castro, featuring 20 names of LGBT heroes, including Oscar Wilde, Allen Ginsberg, and James Baldwin.  

The idea was to honor these now-deceased individuals who made significant contributions to their fields. Unfortunately, spelling mistakes got in the way.

Supervisor Scott Wiener told the Chron that the manufacturer will replace them with error-free plaques within the month. 

Of course, this isn't the first time we've seen this kind of spelling mistake. In October 2004, artist Maria Alquilar installed a $40,000 mosaic at a Livermore public library featuring the names of 175 cultural luminaries. Sadly, 11 of them were misspelled, among them Einstein, Shakespeare, Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Michelangelo. (Eistein, Shakespere, Gaugan, VanGough, Michaelangelo).

Fixing this mistake, however, wasn't free. An additional $6,000 — plus travel expenses — was required to fly the artist in from Miami and compensate her for correcting her own work.

Alquilar, for her part, didn't seem embarrassed or even apologetic. She claimed artistic license, befitting Gaugan or VanGough.

Staff Writer Joe Eskenazi contributed to this report
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