Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Jefferson County Courthouse

The Jefferson County Courthouse is located at 716 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd North in Birmingham, Alabama on the southwest side of Linn Park.

If you ever have the chance to visit, please pay some attention to the murals on the walls of the lobby. These murals don't get enough attention; they're famished.

What were these images trying to say to the powerful functionaries of a recently erected, post Civil War Birmingham? Was it, "Don't worry men, industrial capitalism won't change much. Won't you stop behaving like women so we can have a smooth transition?"

Read the other way around, they might say, "Don't be fooled by this new plan. It is nothing but the old plan in disguise."

1 comment:

Jessica said...

how many times did i pass through that building and never ever did i notice those? how many?