included in his mural an image of the contemporary guerilla leader
Comandante Marcos of Chiapas Mexico. Perhaps that living
symbol of resistance made the mural unacceptable to conservative
any rate the "Department of Building and Safety" viewed
Zapata's sombrero as an "illegal sign"... and since
a permit was not applied for by the artist, the mural was destroyed!
The destruction of the mural constitutes a crime against art
and the people. There is some irony in the state's declaration
that the mural's 3D component (the sombrero), constituted an "illegal
with the painting over of the mural all that is left is the
billboards that glut and degrade our communities with advertising
for liquor, tobacco, polluting cars, mindless entertainment, and
the exploitation of women, are considered "legal" and
"permitted." At the same time a socially conscious mural
like Ponces' is considered "illegal."