I happened to be in town yesterday evening (July 15), and I saw folks at the mural surveying the burnout marks left by someone the previous night. I grabbed a paint roller, had a few laughs and reminded fellow painters that it was expected that people wanted to deface the new street art. In the book, "The Tipping Point", Malcolm Gladwell describes how small expressions of disorder invite more serious crimes (p. 144 if you're interested).
This isn't my first rodeo at painting-over over defacement. One summer, when I was a young girl, a group of teenager’s spray painted a neighbor's abandoned building close to the road. As we passed it, I giggled and my mother asked, "do you know what those words mean?" I flippantly replied with a nonsense answer. The next afternoon, in the heat of the summer, I found myself washing, cleaning and painting my neighbor's building. I don't know who put those words on the building, but the intent was a scare tactic. We painted over those hateful words that day and every time in the future, allowing my elderly neighbor to reclaim his property. Love wins.
This art mural was approved by the city council, paid for by private donations and is meant to be enjoyed by everyone.
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