Today we began restoring "Seeds," a mural I completed in 1996. Feel free to come paint a few strokes, beginning this Saturday, on days when the temperature is over 55 degrees. Below, a glimpse of how the fresh new color looks...
And here are a couple photos taken in 1996 during the painting process.
*UPDATE* The Blue Planet informed me that they did not agree to censoring this piece and do not condone or support its being taken down. The piece was taken down by Greg Ready of Gizmo Pictures as you can read below.
C E N S O R E D !
This print was taken down by the owners of Gizmo Pictures today. If you care about free speech especially when it involves
criticism of those in power, please call and or visit Gizmo Pictures (upstairs above the Blue Planet) and let
them know how you feel. Below is the text of the email I received from, Gizmo
co-owner, Greg Ready informing me that the piece was to be censored.
This is Greg Ready. I'm not sure if we have met or not, but
I am part owner of Gizmo Pictures and the Thacher building where your artwork
is being displayed in the Blue Planet Cafe. We have chosen to take down the
picture of Sam Brownback burning out of respect to his daughter Liz, who works
for us. This decision has nothing to do with politics or our belief in your
freedom of speech through art. Liz is a valued employee and friend to us and I
(we) felt strongly against subjecting her to having to look at a picture of her
father burning at her place of employment. It should also be noted that this
decision was made by me, with the backing of my business partner Jeff, and not
at the request of Liz.
I hope you will understand. If you wish to discuss this
further, feel free to call either phone number listed below, e-mail or drop by
my office at Gizmo (upstairs from the Blue Planet).
Contact the owners here:
Jeff Carson and Greg Ready, owners of Gizmo Productions
110 SE 8th Avenue, Topeka, KS
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