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State says keep Woody Guthrie image off Oklahoma Capitol

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/1/2017 By The Associated Press
In this Feb 27, 2017 photo provided by Heide Brandes, an image of folks singer Woody Guthrie is projected on tarps at the Oklahoma Capitol in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City artist Jack Fowler says he projected an image the iconic singer in an effort to get people to "shake up the powers that be." The Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services said in a statement that the projection is prohibited due to safety concerns for crews working at night on a restoration project at the Capitol. (Heide Brandes via AP) © The Associated Press In this Feb 27, 2017 photo provided by Heide Brandes, an image of folks singer Woody Guthrie is projected on tarps at the Oklahoma Capitol in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City artist Jack Fowler says he projected an image the iconic singer in an effort to get people to "shake up the powers that be." The Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services said in a statement that the projection is prohibited due to safety concerns for crews working at night on a restoration project at the Capitol. (Heide Brandes via AP)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An image of Woody Guthrie lit up the Oklahoma Capitol, but the state doesn't want the unauthorized artwork coming back.

Oklahoma City artist Jack Fowler says he projected an image of the folk singer Monday night onto tarps covering construction work in an effort to get people to "shake up the powers that be." Guthrie was born in Okemah, Oklahoma, and influenced singers including Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.

Fowler said Tuesday he believes the "This Land Is Your Land" singer would be appalled that state lawmakers are considering taxing "car washes and funerals" at the same time another proposal would eliminate corporate income taxes.

Oklahoma's agency that manages property said in a statement the projection is prohibited due to safety concerns for crews working on a Capitol restoration project.

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