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Laurie and Jim Swindler, and their dog, Simba, get their photo taken on March 23, 2019, in front of the mural on the side of 104 E. Beaufort St. in uptown Normal. A hearing on a lawsuit related to the mural's future will be held June 7.

NORMAL — The next battle in the ongoing fight over the uptown Normal mural has been postponed.

U.S. District Judge Joe Billy McDade moved a hearing set for Monday in a lawsuit by 13 artists behind the mural to June 7 after court filings on Friday.

All parties, including the town of Normal and the developer working on the building to be put on the mural site, 104 E. Beaufort St., requested more time to resolve the issue.

"Bush (Development) understands the city and plaintiffs are attempting to resolve this dispute," said the developer in a separate filing.

A week ago, McDade heard arguments from the artists, who filed the lawsuit April 24 and want a restraining order to delay demolition; the judge asked both sides to continue to negotiate.

The town already has changed course from planning to demolish the mural to moving it, according to court documents, but has not promised how or if it will be displayed after that.

The artists and their attorney, William McGrath, have argued the artwork is protected by the federal Visual Artists Rights Act, giving them the right to decide how and where the mural can be displayed.

The two sides previously discussed a settlement, but those talks fell through.

The Pod, a now-closed seller of locally-produced art and gifts, worked with local artists to create the mural in 2011 while renting 104 E. Beaufort from the town. It's since become a symbol of local art and a popular photo destination in uptown.

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Contact Derek Beigh at (309) 820-3234. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_beigh

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