Judge Says College Can Be Murals' Home
Times Staff: Times News Services
The abstract murals that once adorned the state Senate chamber in Olympia can hang permanently in the Centralia College library, a King County Superior Court judge decided yesterday.
Judge Terrence Carroll instructed the state Department of General Administration to draw up an order that places the murals at the college unless the Senate decides in the future that it wants its artwork back.
The murals were already in the college library's gallery so potential owners could view them.
The murals by artist Alden Mason were put up in the state Senate chamber in 1981. Six years later, legislators voted to remove the abstract murals, done in cream, gold and red, and place them in storage because they were deemed incompatible with the chamber's decor.
The artist sued the state, contending the murals couldn't be removed without his consent.
Another controversial legislative mural, Michael Spafford's "Twelve Labors of Hercules," hangs in the House of Representatives.
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