City councils are not generally known for their finesse when dealing with sensitive political issues - or art - and when the two collide the rule of thumb seems to be when in doubt shut it down. Which is what happened in the western suburbs of Sydney in November when Zanny Begg put up her previously approved work for a community exhibition titled [out of gallery] project - part of The Western Front, organised by the Blacktown Art Gallery. Acting on an order by the local Council police stopped her as she was installing Checkpoint, a series of 10 life-sized placards of a soldier on various hoardings, fences, walls and car parks around Blacktown designated as 'checkpoints' for 'weapons of mass distraction'. They told her to remove them: in a climate of terrorism it was inappropriate to show such political messages and that if she did not comply she would be taken to the police station and fined.

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