George Moscone, by Arneson
Portrait of George (Moscone)
, sculpture by Robert Arneson, 1981 (7'-10" x 29").
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Robert Arneson's biggest media brouhaha came about when he was commissioned to do a bust of assassinated San Francisco mayor George Moscone in 1980. The bust was acceptable but certain words and images on the pedestal caused an uproar, some referring to the assassin, Dan White, and the subsequent trial. San Francisco officials asked him to change it, to eliminate the offensive references. He refused and withdrew the work.