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Anita Garouni's painting "Home" was rejected as a public art donation by the City of Glendale.

Noses are up and thumbs are down in Glendale where officials have rejected a donated public art piece for the first time in more than ten years.

The colorful piece, featuring Armenian figures floating near the Statue of Liberty and Turkey's Mt. Ararat, was praised for its "beautiful theme" but considered not culturally inclusive enough. It also "wasn’t of the highest aesthetic quality," according to a report that appraised the 18-by-24 inch oil painting at $1,800. 

Robbed of this diamond in the rough, residents of The Jewel City will have to look elsewhere for their daily recommended allowances of floating heads, Armenian princesses and Noah's Arks once destined for a city-owned office wall.

A 15-year resident of Glendale, artist Anita Garouni said of her creative tour de force, it is "an expression of deep gratitude for America, my country, who accepts all…and gives safe haven for the immigrants of the world," explains the Glendale News Press.

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