Artwork of Trump struck by arrows sparks controversy in Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - A piece of artwork in Art Alley in Rapid City is stirring up some controversy, but the City's art council has not been instructed to take it down.

Over the weekend, an anonymous artist attracted attention with a controversial piece depicting President Donald Trump.

Some officials are calling it an act of vandalism since artists normally need a permit from the Rapid City Art Council, but the artist does not have one.

Some people told KOTA they do not mind it staying up and others want it taken down immediately.

"Harsh and hateful," Alissa Stopa of Rapid City said. "I don't think this sends any positive messages. He's definitely my Commander and Chief, so I always have anything good to say about our president."

Others said it makes sense to have it up, and it may have persuaded more people to vote in the Midterm Election.

"Well I think it's really good timing to get everyone to vote, whether you agree with him or not, whether you like him or not," Angelica Young. of Rapid City said. "I mean it's a really persuasive to get people out there."

The art council has not been instructed yet to clean it up. The final say has to come from the building's owner. But some hope the voices from the community will help make that decision.

"I think the community definitely should have a say in it because they're the people that walk by this all the time and have to look at it and see it, and it's probably going to upset some people for sure," Stopa said.

The art council requires people to get permits so they can review the idea and provide supplies to the artist. But a member of the art council said he would rather have people express their views through art rather than through violence.

"I would always choose people to handle these situations and communicate through art rather than something more violent," Rapid City Art Council Community Outreach Coordinator Tyler Read said.