Australia: Artist censors own mural


Street artist Lushsux, known for his controversial public art, censored his own mural on the side of a Melbourne business showing a nearly nude Hillary Clinton in a U.S.-flag swimsuit with $100 bills stuffed into it by covering her up in a niqab after the local council deemed it offensive, reported ABC News on 2 August 2016.

The local Maribyrnong Council, who said they had received complaints from residents, had asked the business owner to remove the mural before the artist decided to cover up his work. The council also threatened the artist with prosecution and a fine, reported The Guardian on 2 August 2016.

Council chief executive Stephen Wall said:

We believe that this mural is offensive because of the depiction of a near-naked woman, not on the basis of disrespect to Hillary Clinton, and it is not in keeping with our stance on gender equity. We contacted Victoria police to provide their opinion on the matter, and they deemed the mural to be offensive and in contravention of the Graffiti Prevention Act 2007, which council is responsible for enforcing.

The artist’s Instagram account was also closed after he posted a photo of the original mural on his page.


Photo: Lushsux/Instagram


Sources

» ABC News – 2 August 2016
Hillary Clinton mural censored by Melbourne street artist with niqab

» The Guardian – 2 August 2016
Hillary Clinton bikini mural covered with niqab after public decency complaints


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