May 3, 2014 3:31 PM by Associated Press

Goldwater statue sparks artists' feud

PHOENIX (AP) - A statue of the late U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater that will eventually move to the U.S. Capitol is at the center of an artists' feud.

The Arizona Republic reports ( ) that a Scottsdale artist has accused the statue's creator of using one of his pieces for the project without giving him credit.

Deborah Copenhaver Fellows, of Sonoita, unveiled the 8-foot-tall statue of Goldwater on March 31 at the Arizona Capitol.

Robert Sutz says Copenhaver Fellows based her work on a plaster life mask of Goldwater that he made.

Copenhaver Fellows has denied the claim, saying she made her own mold for the sculpture.

Goldwater, who was from Phoenix, was the 1964 Republican presidential nominee.

He died in 1998 at age 89.


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