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Sometimes, for an artist, the canvas can be much larger than just the medium on which the paint is applied.  It can be the place where the art was created or installed.

In small doses, this can be seen nearly every day in street art in any major U.S city.  The pieces often represent the concerns of the surrounding populace, whether that be traffic issues, cultural tensions, or even hate.

Politics have always been interwoven with street art as well.  The mere act of creating such art is often self-implicating in at least one minor crime, usually two, and the nonchalance of the artist certainly imbues us with a sense of their feeling on all things political.

In Chicago, however, one piece of street art has been deemed unworthy ahead of schedule, given the tone deaf nature of the faux-scandalous sculpture.

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The display, featuring a line of mock AR-15 rifles that resembled a Divvy bike-share docking station — was removed from Daley Plaza about 9 p.m. Monday after representatives from the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the advertising agency working on the project, Escape Pod, realized the permit they had pulled for the exhibit expired Monday, said Max Samis, spokesman for the Brady Center. Backers weren’t sure where the sculpture might end up next.

“I think it was just wires getting crossed,” he said.

The temporary art installation went up last week and was scheduled to remain at Daley Plaza until Wednesday. Samis didn’t have specifics on the permit, saying the Escape Pod, a Chicago-based agency, had been in charge of handling that portion of the project.

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And what was this bizarre piece?

The Windy City was once considered a “must-visit” locale for any red-blooded American.  Deep dish pizza, Al Capone, and The Cubs.  Now, after 32 years of a handgun ban that serve to prove the old “outlaws with guns” adage true?
Not so much.


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