Earlier this summer, before Art Whino’s G40 at Vitamin Water Uncapped Live in early May, an unusual scene was happening at the corner of 14th + Florida Ave. NW: legal graffiti writing, in daylight, out in the open.
Above: writers work on murals at the corner of 14th + Florida Ave., DC.
Reminiscent of public (and many private) spaces in cities like SF, LA, or NYC – and programs like Philadelphia’s Mural Arts and DC’s Albus Cavus – it made sense that this would be part of an outdoor installation connected to the G40 – which especially features street-art style work.
But, the day after these photos were taken and before it was finished, the city had the mural removed.
Above: The near-completed mural.
Above: Side view of nearly-completed mural.
Above: Click for a closer view of the painting styles and textures layered into the letters.
Above: The next day, the wall was rolled-over with a fresh coat of brown paint.
One of the writers who worked on the wall, says:
I’d love to know who buffed the wall? I’ve heard from different people that the city did it, and I’ve heard the property owner had it painted over because someone complained. Regardless, we had permission from [the owner] that we could paint the wall.
We were stopped many times by the police over the course of a few days. I was harassed by what I believe to be vandal squad officers who were sweating me about a couple different writers. One kept claiming I was “Incognito.” It was just sadly hilarious.
Another writer who worked on the wall, writes: “why did they buff it i dont know but in reality they buff the wall 10 times a year. if they would have left it up, they would have saved money………..now stamp has bombed it.”
Indeed, the wall was tagged by STAMP (not shown) the day after it was painted over, and the tag has stayed up for three months since.
What do you think – if the city painted over the mural, was it worth it? Leave a note in the comments!