Biden’s GSA quashes Trump-era restrictions on art in federal buildings

Having previously revoked former President Donald Trump’s “beautiful” architecture mandate for federal buildings and nixed plans for an “American Hero”-stuffed statuary garden, the administration of President Joe Biden has now reversed a Trump-era mandate dictating what kind of public art can be commissioned for federal buildings via the General Service Administration (GSA)’s Art in Architecture program.

As detailed by CNN, the public art rule stipulated that commissioned works were required to depict “historically significant Americans or events of American historical significance or illustrate the ideals upon which our Nation was founded.” Per Trump’s July 2020 executive order entitled “Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American

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