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The Most Inappropriate Murals from Parks and Recreation


The return of NBC's Parks and Recreation for a third season on January 20 also brings back one of television's best running gags: the intricate murals displayed on the wall of the town hall commemorating the bloody, morally repugnant, and laugh-out-loud history of Pawnee, Indiana, the fictional town where Parks takes place.

Series writer Norm Hiscock and production designer Ian Phillips reveal the comedy mind-set behind the creation of the tastefully tasteless art. (Click Enlarge for a closer look)

Jan 13, 2011

Spirit of Pawnee
"This was a pretty complicated idea because everybody in it is being offensive." —Norm Hiscock

"The Native Americans are being pushed to the side, the Irish are trying to sell liquor, the women are dumping it out, and the Native Americans are drinking it. The Chinese are laughing at their misfortune. Meanwhile, they're learning Western ways: They've dropped their chopsticks, and they're eating hamburgers with a fork and a knife." —Ian Phillips

Photographs courtesy of NBC. Production Design: Ian Phillips.

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