Hector Ponce's mural, a symbol of the struggle for indigenous rights in Chiapas, Mexico, depicting both Zapatista leader, Sub-Commandante Marcos and Emiliano Zapata is located at 6th and Westlake. The City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department has destroyed the mural once before and recently threatened to do so again, citing a complaint which they originally attributed to the building owner but later was discovered to have been made by a neighboring business. The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety has now stepped into the fray, declaring the artwork to be a ÒsignÓ painted without proper signage permits and thus eliminated any need to notify the artist prior to it's destruction as is required by the Federal Visual Artist's Rights Act (VARA). Ponce's mural is scheduled for immediate destruction by the Department of Building and Safety. Their role as both the purveyors and enforcers of ill-defined parameters between what constitutes art and what constitutes signage borders on censorship.
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