Maine’s governor, Paul—I think it’s LePage*—, has done it again, a little ahead of schedule this time. He’s been averaging about one outrage a month, but this one came in before the end of March. So I’ve saved this blog entry to post automatically in April…on April Fool’s Day, of course.
* I got that from Stephen Colbert, who got it from Fox News. Click for the video.
Governor LePage has removed (over the weekend, when nobody was looking) a mural from the Maine Department of Labor because somebody—I think it’s LePage himself—didn’t like it.
It’s a mural depicting labor and the labor movement here in Maine; it’s 36 feet long, in eleven panels, and was commissioned by the State in 2007. Artist Judy Taylor from nearby Tremont won the award through the Maine Arts Commission, researched the history of labor in the State, and painted the mural over the following year. It was installed in the Department of Labor building in 2008.
But, as Colbert says, “Why would there be a pro-labor mural in the Department of Labor?”
And apparently it’s seditious, although it took us nearly four years to discover that. Does it really resemble communist North Korean art, brainwashing the masses? Who knew?
I’ll let the governor explain that one when he gets back from Jamaica. As if it weren’t hot enough for him here in Maine this week.
Here are photos of the mural, wherever it now may be (and the governor ain’t sayin’). The first one shows the entire 36 feet for context, but look below for detail and titles of individual panels.
And for more of Judy Taylor’s art, or for more information about this topic, see Judy’s website at: http://www.judytaylorstudio.com/index.html
and her blog at: http://judytaylorstudio.blogspot.com/
Let’s think about it. Is this art really seditous? Does its removal save taxpayers any money (a large plank in LePage’s platform)? And does this governor really know how to pick his battles?