STATUE OF LIMITATIONS © wood engraving (ed.46) image: 7 x 5 in. $150.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)

The legal term, "statute of limitations" describes a law that is passed by a legislative body to set the maximum time after an event, within which legal proceedings can be initiated. Mention this term to someone who has never heard it before and it's a sure bet they will hear: "statue of limitations". During a discussion of this misunderstanding with Darrel Morrow, he dropped the hint (as he's done before) that there might be an image for a print there. As the idea began to grow, I remembered a quote from Tommy Douglas, a Canadian social democratic politician in the 30s who was instrumental in the establishment of the universal health care program in Canada. He said, “I don’t mind being a symbol but I don’t want to become a monument. There are monuments all over the Parliament Buildings and I’ve seen what the pigeons do to them.” And so, there grew out of all this, a statue of something that has limitations, including not enough room for all the pigeons who need it for their comfort.

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