AUGUSTA — The mural at the Maine Department of Labor was removed over the weekend and put into storage.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Paul LePage today declined to say where the mural is now located or why LePage decided to move it so quickly. LePage had previously said he would wait until he found a new home for the mural, which depicts the history of working people and labor unions in Maine.

“The mural has been removed and is in storage awaiting relocation to a more appropriate venue,” said the governor’s press secretary, Adrienne Bennett, in a statement. “Workers and employers need to work together to create opportunity for Maine’s 50,000 unemployed. We understand that not everyone agrees with this decision, but the Maine Department of Labor has to be focused on the job at hand.”