Art or advertising? Bristol board rules Chinese calligraphy will have to go
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Art or advertising? Bristol board rules Chinese calligraphy will have to go

The Chinese character for Papa, which could also be interpreted as the lucky number 8, was displayed earlier this week at 205 Thames St., future home of a sushi restaurant. [The Providence Journal/Bob Breidenbach] Hide caption BRISTOL — If the calligraphy had been painted on rice paper hung behind the storefront window to hide the unsightly utility room inside the sushi restaurant soon to open at 205 Thames St., the zoning enforcement officer might not have found that the art violated the town’s sign ordinance. But the Chinese character for Papa, which could also be interpreted as the lucky number 8, was on vinyl stuck to the glass. It served to draw attention to the business inside, even if most Bristolians can’t read ancient Chinese calligraphy and wouldn’t have known if the business was a yoga studio, a restaurant or a training facility for sumo wrestlers, as Zoning Board member Derek N. Tipton said. Marianne Bergenholtz, who works for Harborside Holdings, which bills itself as “a historic property reuse and development company,” was appealing Zoning Enforcement Officer Ed Tanner’s finding that the calligraphy in the restaurant’s windows violated the sign ordinance. The ordinance states that signs must take up […]

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