There’s a large oil painting hanging in the maximum security unit at the New Hampshire State Prison.
It’s a picture of the old prison, depicting interactions between guards and inmates as the sun shines through the windows at just the right angle, illuminating the dark and dreary block of cells.
To see the piece of art, a visitor has to undergo a background check, walk through a metal detector and enter three locked gates – all while accompanied by an armed guard.
And for those who aren’t reporters or state officials, the chances of catching a glimpse of the painting are very slim.
The work is owned by the state – one of more than 300 pieces commissioned by the New Hampshire Percent for Art Program. The goal of the program is to “make art accessible to everyone,” said Ginnie Lupi, director of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.
But sometimes, pieces can’t