The controversy is over this portrait, of Saviour Knowledge (Anthony Knowles), about which the art organizers write, Saviour is: The caretaker for the Midtown Center property on 23rd and Union. The security guard at Thompsons. One of the people who started the Umoja Peace center. A founder of the chess night at Thompsons. On the corner every single day. Which is why I call him the Corners guardian.
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  • The controversy is over this portrait, of Saviour Knowledge (Anthony Knowles), about which the art organizers write, "Saviour is: The caretaker for the Midtown Center property on 23rd and Union. The security guard at Thompsons. One of the people who started the Umoja Peace center. A founder of the chess night at Thompsons. On the corner every single day. Which is why I call him the Corner's guardian."
I'm confused by this story about the removal of the public art installation "The Corner" at 23rd and Union streets, in the heart of the Central District.

Police say people were complaining about the inclusion of an alleged crack dealer's portrait, which was part of the installation—the same man who was touted as "a guardian" of the corner by the makers of the art installation last summer.

Is he threat or a guardian? And who are police to say that art that's been up for a year on private property should come down? Police declined to connect the news source with any of those making the complaints. It's unclear who's protecting who, and why.

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