California's Surfing Madonna mosaic to come down

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    ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) -- Southern California's Surfing Madonna won't be hanging ten on public property much longer.

    The San Diego County beach city of Encinitas said Tuesday that the artist who created the mosaic will pay for its removal from a bridge as soon as possible. Mark Patterson also agreed to a $500 fine and will reimburse the city about $2,000 -- the cost of hiring experts to figure out how to remove it without damage.

    The popular but unauthorized 10-foot-tall glasswork depicts the Virgin of Guadalupe on a surfboard with the plea "Save the Ocean." It mysteriously appeared bolted to a railroad bridge underpass in April.

    Patterson, who eventually emerged as the artist, agreed to pay for any repairs.

    His attorney, Anton Gerschler, says Patterson will be a consultant in the disassembly.

    (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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