LA Artist Faces Police Questioning for Painting Banks in Flames

By Carmel Lobello Monday, August 29, 2011

It’s amazing how far everyone—even paranoid Los Angeles pedestrians—will go to protect the banks.

This summer the LAPD paid two visits to Eagle Rock artist Alex Schaefer to discuss his “incendiary” paintings of Chase bank branches engulfed in flames.

The oil painting above, which Schaefer, 41, painted on the sidewalk across the street from the branch, clearly features the roof of the building exploding with orange flames.

According to the LA Times, “Schaefer had barely added the orange-and-yellow depiction of fire shooting from the roof of a Chase Bank branch when police rolled up to the corner of Van Nuys Boulevard and Sylvan Street on July 30” and informed Schaefer that a concerned citizen had called to report his provocative oil painting.

They then asked if he was a terrorist and if he planned to do what the painting suggested.

This visit by the police was followed by another in which detectives showed up at Schaefer’s house to ask the biting questions: “Do you hate banks?” and “Do you plan to do that to the bank?”

As reported by LA Times, “He explained that the artwork was intended to be a visual metaphor for the havoc that banking practices have caused to the economy.”…

via LA Artist Faces Police Questioning for Painting Banks in Flames | Death and Taxes.

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