Art: Wet Blanket

Mexican Artist José Gutierrez, an instructor at the National Polytechnic Institute, has experimented with every kind of medium from ordinary house paint to the newest plastics to determine which can best withstand the elements. Last week Gutierrez made a gloomy prediction about Diego Rivera's latest mural in the water distribution chamber of Mexico City's new water system (TIME, June 4).

Gutierrez' forecast: with 140 million gallons of water rushing past it every day, the submerged part of Rivera's mural will completely disappear within ten years. Diego's comment: "Tell him to go to hell."


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