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There’s another big obstacle to moving the Miami Marlins’ home run sculpture

Artist Red Grooms wants it to stay

New York Yankees v Miami Marlins Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Here’s another wrinkle in the debate over whether the colorful home run sculpture at Marlins Park should stay or go: the artist behind the piece, Red Grooms, might have ultimate sign-off on the sculpture’s placement.

The Miami Herald reports that Miami-Dade’s original agreement with Grooms over the government-owned sculpture includes language that Grooms could “disavow” the sculpture if it is ever moved.

“The work would lose all of its value,” county director of cultural affairs Michael Spring explained to the paper. “Our working assumption is we want the artist’s endorsement. The way to get that is to convince [him we can] be both respectful of the artwork and respectful of the artist.”

So if Marlins new CEO Derek Jeter really wants the $2.5 million sculpture out of the ballpark, he may have to convince Grooms to let him move it — and Grooms told the Miami Herald that he wants it to stay there.