Artist: Unnamed Local Artist
Confronting Bodies: West End BIZ (Business Improvement Zone)
Date of Action: July 2008
Specific Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Description of Artwork: Public painted mural depicting Winnipeg during the 1919 general strike.
Description of Incident: The Executive Director of West End BIZ, Gloria Cardwell-Hoeppner, admitted to ordering a local artist to remove an image of a man who resembled Karl Marx from the final design of a public mural that the association commissioned. She remarked that the BIZ's original intention was to commission a mural that depicted the social climate and history of that period in Winnipeg, rather than the political history. The artist complied and the image of the Marx-looking man was removed from the mural.
Results of Incident: Passerby have expressed some disappointment and the mural is the subject of a local internet blog. However, no action is being taken.
Source: Winnipeg Free Press
Submitted By: NCAC - Lesley Clark