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Downtown mural showing Lady Liberty handcuffed by ICE sparks conversations about immigration

Posted at 12:23 AM, Aug 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-05 22:22:29-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A new mural in downtown Las Vegas is raising eyebrows and sparking conversation about a political topic.

The eye-catching mural on a wall near Main and Charleston is not only giving people something to look at but something to talk about.

"I think it’s a good time in our country and our political environment to do stuff highlighting immigration," said Izaac Zevalking.

Zevalking is the artist behind a bold depiction of the Statue of Liberty handcuffed, face down on a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement vehicle.

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"My purpose of doing what I did with the Statue of Liberty is to try and draw analogies with America's past and how it was founded and how it was largely built by immigrants,” said Zevalking. “To really make an analogy out of that so that people can apply that to contemporary society and contemporary issues a little bit more.”

The wall belongs to bail bonding company which deals with a lot of immigration cases.

Zevalking is an immigrant himself. He is originally from the United Kingdom. With his work now being shared on social media he is getting all kinds of feedback. Both praise and criticism. But he's satisfied that it is at least provoking thought.

"I want people just to think about the issue really. Wherever that thought leads you. Whatever that conversation with someone else leads you. I think it really needs to be discussed more in human terms."

Zevalking also goes by the name Recycled Propaganda and showcases his work at a nearby gallery.