The huge banner-like design spans two blocks of 16th Street, a central axis that leads south directly to the White House. Each of the 16 bold and yellow letters crosses the width of the two-lane road, creating an unmistakable appearance easily identifiable by aerial cameras and practically anyone in a few blocks.
Bowser told reporters outside St. John’s Church near Lafayette Park that she and DC Council members were there “like Washingtonians – we simply want to be here together in peace to show that in America – you can gather peacefully, you can bring grievances to the government and you can ask for change. “
“We are here peacefully as Americans, on the American streets, on the streets of Washington,” said Bowser, who appears to refer to the recent confrontation he has had with the federal government over their attempts to patrol the streets of Washington.
CORRECTION: this piece has been updated with new information that the painting was commissioned by the mayor of Washington DC.
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