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A judge ruled that a Pablo Picasso painting that hangs in the Four Seasons restaurant in New York must stay up for at least a month.
New York Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper sided with New York Landmarks Conservancy, who owns the painting and are worried about the painting being moved, reports Businessweek.
The landlords of the Seagram Building had planned on moving the painting early Sunday morning, which the judge noted seemed over the top. "It seems absurd that a work like this would be taken down at 3 a.m. on a Sunday so that it can be removed for lunch or brunch at the Four Seasons."
According to New York Daily News, the Conservancy fear that if not removed properly the painting could "crack like potato chips."
The reasoning for the paintings move seems to change, as it was first said to be because of a leaky pipe in the wall, which was changed to the wall being in "imminent danger of collapse." Neither claims have been found to be valid by Conservancy engineers.
The Conservancy would prefer the painting be taken down slowly and over several days to ensure it is done properly, and Judge Cooper made it known he didn't "want to be the judge who has a Picasso destroyed."
The Conservancy said that it plans to go up before the Landmarks Commission to apply for the Picasso work declared a landmark.
image: Wikimedia Commons