Town of Comox to remove work of local artist after painter posts swastika

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Comox artist Brian Scott removes the painting from the BC Hydro box after showing that one of his recent works has a red swastika on his hat.

The art in question is a hat with a red swastika drawn prominently on the front.

Scott posted it on his social media, writing, “Drawing something for money, World War II veterinarians won’t approve.”

It caused a lot of anger online and attracted the attention of Mayor Comox Las Arnot. He said this kind of hatred is unacceptable in the community and Scott’s other BC Hydro box paintings will be removed.

“We don’t want to get caught up in such hatred,” Arnot said. “Sufficient things are happening in the world right now. In our small safe community, we don’t need it.”

“19 Wing Comox is a big part of our community where many veterans live here. I saw his comments about it and the WWII veterans, then I was in Comox. Decided to remove his art from the town. “

Scott was seen regularly selling his paintings outside at Little Red Church on Comox Avenue. But on Thursday, the church also responded to the growing controversy on Facebook that “Brian Scott is no longer in Little Red Church.”

Scott doubled on social media saying, “Thank you for saving $ 700 a month and selling two paintings as a result of all the negative attention.”

But by Friday, Scott appeared to have changed his tone and expressed regret in an interview with CHEK News.

“The first thing I want to reveal is that I really apologize to all those who were offended. I didn’t expect this to explode like this,” Scott said at Black Creek’s studio. Told. “I just didn’t think.”

Scott added, “Have you seen the price of gas lately?” And said he was asked to paint and accepted.

He now regrets it and says he is fully aware of the history of World War II related to the swastika, but he adds that “there were 100 people who said they love hats.” I did.

The swastika is an ancient symbol that has existed for centuries, but in Western society, after being used by the German Nazists in the 1930s and 1940s, the symbol is hate, anti-Semitism, racism, and Associated with white supremacy. The Nazi Party is responsible for the loss of millions of Jews in Europe during World War II.

The town of Comox says it is currently in talks with First Nations to replace Scott’s art with First Nations’ art, including the BC Hydro box just off the town’s memorial. ..

Brian Scott posted a photo of the swastika hat above with the caption “World War II veterinarians will not approve.” His work in the BC Hydro box around Comox will be removed.

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