A family painted a house as a backdrop for a portrait Sunday in Sunflowers painting series that has been at the center of controversy over the last several months.
The family members, from Texas, said they are grateful for the painting.
“We were very surprised,” said Tiffany Bowers, the family’s principal from Dallas.
“They just wanted to put something back together, they were really happy.”
The painting was commissioned by the family of a woman who died in a car crash in 2010.
Her family had requested the portrait be removed.
The Texas Department of Transportation said in a statement it was taking the painting down because it does not comply with the law and it is an “unlawful display” of a motor vehicle.
The painting is part of a larger painting series called “Sunflower,” which began in 2009.
The Sunflower paintings are designed to highlight the diverse communities that surround them.
The Sunflower series is based on the idea of families and communities working together to help each other through tough times, such as floods and drought.
In May, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas sued the state over the Sunflower series.
The ACLU of Texas filed a civil rights lawsuit alleging that the program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Texas Constitution and the state’s open meeting laws.
The state has since been criticized for the program, which encourages artists to “draw from real people’s lives to create art that celebrates their stories.”
The ACLU has argued the program is an expression of the government’s “government-sanctioned and profit-driven agenda.”