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Rep. Lacy Clay to Sue Architect of the Capitol Over Student Police Painting Removal

Rep. Lacy Clay to Sue Architect of the Capitol Over Student Police Painting Removal

Rep. Lacy Clay will file a federal lawsuit tomorrow morning in Washington, D.C. on behalf of student artist David Pulphus. Joining him will be Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), and attorneys Leah Tulin and James William.

Pulphus, who was in high school when his painting was completed, won the Congressional District’s Art contest last year for his work “Untitled #1.”  For seven months his work hung in a long white tunnel that connects the Cannon House Office Building and the U.S. Capitol. The suit will be filed against Stephen Ayers, the Architect of the Capitol.

The painting gained national attention in late December 2016 after a Fox News commentator demanded it be taken down. The painting depicts a complex street scene of protest on a street in St. Louis with people and police depicted as animals and as human.