Donut mural at heart of free speech lawsuit baker v. town

A New Hampshire baker is suing his town over a mural done by local students of donuts and early morning sun that sits above his bakery. Conway officials determined that the mural was an ad rather than art and violated the town’s sign ordinance, and by a small margin the citizens voted in a town meeting to back the officials. (The Christian Science Monitor, April 13, 2023, by Sohie Hills)

The mural was four times larger than allowed if classified as a sign. Since it conveys a commercial message, the town considers it a sign while others claim it is clearly art, and, according to the baker, that’s how people view it. (NBC Boston, April 18, 2023, by Kathy McCormack and Robert F. Bukaty of The Associated Press)