A controversial painting which depicts police officers as robust animals is leaving the walls of the Capitol complex where it has been displayed.
Advocate for the painting, Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) fought tooth and nail with House Republicans on behalf of the artwork done by a student who is a constituent of Clay’s, in the town of Ferguson, Mo.
His argument was that the painting was a display of artistic creativity, along with freedom of expression. He coupled his defense with a challenge for those offended to consider why the artist displayed the officers and their “animalistic” behavior toward the black community.
In response, individual Republican lawmakers removed the painting three times from the wall over the duration of the week. An unknown GOP member taped a symbol of support for law enforcement on the wall above it: an American flag with a highlighted blue stripe.
To alleviate tensions, Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.), asked the Architect of the Capitol to have the final say in the ambiguity of the painting and review if the art violated rules of the student art competition it had won.
The rules state that “subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalist or gruesome nature” is strictly prohibited. The Architect deemed the painting a violation, thus the artwork will be removed from the wall on Tuesday.
H/T: The Hill
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