Melbourne-area residents accustomed to the harmless depictions of pop-cultural figures adorning the walls around the small enclave of West Footscray, Australia, have discovered engrossing images of U.S. political figures and their spouses of late, likenesses which may be removed due to public ordinances in the community.
The most recent creations of celebrated street artist Lushsux have been determined to be too titillating for the innocent eyes of citizens in the town of 10,000.
From his pallet, Lushsux has created controversial images of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s wife, Melania.
The controversy revolves around a painting of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton clad in a revealing bathing suit scarcely covering a shapely body with a deep “V” neckline hardly covering her breasts and dropping down to the mid waist. The swimsuit is the design of an American flag.
The image also portrays Clinton with a bundle of $100 bills crammed into the waistband of her suit.
West Footscray’s town council has asked the owner of the building on which the paintings rests to remove it.
Determined to be in violation of an anti-graffiti ordinance, the town council’s chief executive Stephen Wall said:
“We believe it is offensive because of the depiction of a near-naked woman, not on the basis of disrespect to Hillary Clinton, in accordance with the Graffiti Prevention Act 2007.”
Lushsux, whose work mirrors the street art of the UK’s elusive graffiti artist Banksy, responded on Melbourne radio saying the demands to remove the image are “pathetic,” and his work here is similar to a deodorant advertisement.
The Australian artist also suspects his Instagram account has been suspended due to the interpretation of Clinton.
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