Originally posted by loam
Los Angeles Artist Alex Schaefer's Painting Of A Burning Bank Brings Visit From LAPD
Los Angeles-based artist Alex Schaefer, 41, recently learned just how problematic it can be to have your work misinterpreted. A painting of his, which depicted a Chase Bank on fire and was “was intended to be a visual metaphor for the havoc that banking practices have caused to the economy,” according to the LA Times, has prompted a police investigation.
It all started when Schaefer was painting in front of a Chase Bank when the police rolled up and 'told [him] that somebody had called and said they felt threatened by my painting. They said they had to find out my intention. They asked if I was a terrorist and was I going to follow through and do what I was painting."
This would almost be funny if it didn't serve as evidence of how thoroughly we have devolved into a Banana Republic and become a parody of ourselves.edit on 2-9-2011 by loam because: (no reason given)
Speaking as a person who HAS to handle money, when there's suspicious activity, I call my boss and discuss whether or not we need to call the cops. This isn't about fearing the person, it's about having paperwork to cover our butts in cases the company thinks that we are in cahoots when something does go wrong. Lot of paranoia in the service industry.
Originally posted by RisenAngel77
reply to post by jaynkeel
Chances are, the ones that called the cops were the banks themselves. But then again, people will call cops for any sign of "threat" these days