Remember the hate letter that our 9/11 memorial here in Falls Church received about a week ago? The sculptor sent it in to Gerry Connolly's Fairfax County Police Department, trying to determine from them whether she should be worried about it or not. Their response?
the threat could not be investigated as a hate crime because it "was against Americans and would not work."
On Sept. 12, the Fairfax County Permits Division of VDOT contacted Swenholt to tell her that she did not have a permit to keep the statue on VDOT land.
"The piece of property she used is actually part of the Interstate 66 right-of-way and requires a permit for its use, which she does not have," said VDOT spokesman William Dunlap. "She can apply for it but if she is looking for a permanent display place, then the right-of-way would probably not be the right choice."