- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A celebration and “funeral” has been held for downtown Annapolis mural art involved in an ongoing debate.

The Capital Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/29N3NeJ) a group spray-painted Sunday over artist Jason Liggett’s mural on the side of a law firm. The piece originally contained surrealist elements inspired by the sarcophagus of Mayan emperor K’inich Janaab’ Pakal.

The mural has been the center of ongoing disputes with city officials on whether murals in the historic district should be regulated by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission.

The commission had asked the building’s owner to either apply for permission to display the mural, or remove it. Many believe the commission doesn’t have the authority to regulate the art.

Sunday’s event was a way for the art community to comply with this city’s wishes, while still lodging an artistic protest.

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Information from: The Capital, https://www.capitalgazette.com/


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