The 140-foot mural is on the side of a building in downtown Spokane, Washington – sponsored in part by Terrain, a local art nonprofit. Terrain, along with digital advertising agencies 14Four and Seven2, have hired 16 artists to decorate and paint each letter in Black Lives Matter, according to a subsidiary of CNN KXLY.
For some, however, this was offensive. The mural, completed less than two weeks ago, was vandalized on Wednesday.
But the community does not allow a negative response to hinder efforts. Raising funds to restore the mural has already raised more than $ 10,000.
“It took dozens of people working with love to make this project happen and only one or two hated to defile it,”
; Terrain said in a Facebook statement. “We surpass them, but we cannot be motionless or silent.”
The artist Nikola Sironka designed and painted “A” in “Black” on the mural, a letter that received the main weight of the white paint. He was not surprised that the mural was vandalized, he told CNN.
“I just feel that all the Black Living Matter now has more meaning for me, unity of purpose. They are all united in one goal, and that eradicates inequality and injustice and all those things put together,” he said.
Chianta Duncan, vice president of Spokane’s NAACP chief, said there was a visceral reaction to seeing the photos.
“It’s extremely scary,” Duncan told local news station KHQ. “When the words ‘Black Matter of Life’ are enough to upset people in a city so much that they not only protest against it, but also destroy the very words on the side of the building.”
Sgt. Terry Preninger, a spokesman for Spokane police, told a local spokesman. A spokesman for the department’s review was aware of the vandalism through media agencies, but did not confirm whether a formal complaint had been filed.
This is not the only BLM mural to be unveiled in recent weeks. In Spokane, George Floyd’s mural was discolored with white paint, although it has now been restored.
In Manhattan, the Black Lives Matter street mural outside the Trump Tower has been defended four times, although it was just completed on July 9.