The controversial painting that depicts policemen as pigs will be seeing its final days on the walls of Congress next week, as the architect of the Capitol ordered that it be removed.
Stephen Ayers, architect of the Capitol, told Fox News Friday that the painting violated rules of the House Building Commission and would be removed from Congress on Tuesday.
Rep. Dave Reichert wrote to Ayers asking that the artwork be taken down, claiming it was a “clear violation of the Suitability Guidelines outlined in the official rules for the competition,” the Washington Examiner reported.
“This painting hung in clear defiance to those rules and was a slap in the face to the countless men and women who put their lives on the line every day on behalf of our safety and freedom,” Reichert wrote. Specifically, he pointed out that the painting displayed “subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature.”
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Ayers concluded that the artwork violated the commission’s rules and ordered it removed on Tuesday.
The painting became a point of controversy after Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., hung it in the tunnel between the Capitol and the Cannon House Office Building as part of the prize for winning an art competition over the summer.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., removed the offensive artwork and returned it to Clay, who rehung the piece days later.
Thank goodness this disgraceful painting will be removed for good, and this issue will be put to rest. That is until Democrats find something else offensive to do — which will probably be in a few short days when they start complaining about President-elect Trump’s inauguration and everything he does thereafter.
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