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AAA  Sep. 13, 2017 10:48 AM ET
Afro pick sculpture goes up near former Philly mayor statue
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(AP) — An arts group has installed a sculpture of an Afro pick near a statue of former Philadelphia mayor and police commissioner Frank Rizzo that has been the subject of protests.

Mural Arts Philadelphia says the artist behind the pick intends for the sculpture to highlight "resistance to oppression." The sculpture features a black handle with a clenched fist.

The temporary installation is part of a project called Monument Lab, an initiative aimed at creating art around issues such as social justice and gentrification.

Rizzo was mayor from 1972 to 1980, and died in 1991. Supporters call him a devoted public servant, unafraid to speak his mind. Critics say he alienated minorities during his time as a police commissioner and mayor. The statue was vandalized following a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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