The battle over a piece of artwork hanging in the U.S. Capitol complex came to an end last week after a panel for the Architect of the Capitol voted 2-1 to remove the controversial piece despite an appeal filed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
The artwork depicts police officers as pigs and was created by a high school student who won the Clay’s annual Congressional Art competition, in the district of Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., whose office approved the display.
The painting was hung in June and immediately drew criticism. In fact, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., was so appalled by the painting that he, along with several colleagues, unscrewed the artwork and delivered it to Clay last month.
Soon thereafter, the Architect of the Capitol agreed the artwork should be taken down, but Pelosi appealed the decision. The Architect of the Capitol, however, still voted to keep it down.