More Than a Dozen Women Accuse Art Maven Bill Tonnesen of Sexual Misconduct
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More Than a Dozen Women Accuse Art Maven Bill Tonnesen of Sexual Misconduct

Accusations against Bill Tonnesen accelerated after a Facebook post. Grace Marcellino It’s hard to drive through the Valley without seeing a building or sculpture that’s been touched by the hands of Bill Tonnesen. As a landscape architect, designer, and artist, Tonnesen has been a visible presence in the metro Phoenix creative scene for two decades. He’s well-known for his eclectic plans and projects, some of which, like a Phoenix memorial to the Jewish Holocaust , never moved from concept to reality, while others flourished, like the Lavatory, a provocative, “toilet-themed” immersive art museum that opened in November 2018 and often attracts younger people who post photos of the experience on social media. He’s been written about in the New York Times, Arizona Republic , and Phoenix Business Journal . People who have met Tonnesen describe him as wickedly intelligent, odd, and imposing. (In a self-published book, Tonnesen: Twelve Months to Fame and Fortune in the Art World , Tonnesen once said he resolved to be the world’s " third most famous artist " within a year.) Control is important to Tonnesen, and he has a lot of it – both creatively, in the local art scene, and financially, owning […]

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