Figure with noose/unfinished artwork

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Creator

Olga Nichols and collaborators

Title

Figure with noose/unfinished artwork

Coverage

142 5th Street East, Saint Paul, MN, USA

Description

An unfinished piece (removed due to controversy) showing a figure reminiscent of George Floyd with a noose around his neck. Additional sections of the work emphasize "Unity," "Equity," and "Equality."

Source

Controversy emerged surrounding this mural because of the noose imagery as well as issues surrounding the right to paint on private property. According to the Pioneer Press story on the controversy, the artist stated: "“I think doing controversial pieces is worth it, and my point was to show how uncomfortable I am everyday as a person of color when I’m followed by the police,” Nichols said." The business owner granted permission for Nichols to paint the work, but the building owner ultimately denied permission. The building owner stated; "“We do not want to participate in inflammatory graphics being put on the side of our building,” he said. “It is private property; it shouldn’t have been put there to begin with and they did not have a right to do it without our approval, so we removed it.”" For more information, see: https://www.twincities.com/2020/07/03/st-paul-artists-george-floyd-mural-covered-up-after-building-owner-says-he-didnt-sign-off-heard-concerns-about-noose-depiction/

Rights

Artist: Olga Nichols

Emma Harville, "George Floyd mural sparks controversy." Pioneer Press, July 3, 2020. https://www.twincities.com/2020/07/03/st-paul-artists-george-floyd-mural-covered-up-after-building-owner-says-he-didnt-sign-off-heard-concerns-about-noose-depiction/

Publisher

Urban Art Mapping Research Project

Date

Contributor

HS

Identifier

UAM-GF_0587

Original Format

Painting on panel

Geolocation

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