Last weekend, your Bernalwood editor stopped by Mission Street near the corner of Appleton just as artist Josh Talbott was putting some finishing touches on the mural he’d been commissioned to create by the College Hill Neighborhood Association.
It was a warm day, and Josh was working in the shade while his dog relaxed on the sidewalk. His mural is a photorealistic image of a hand holding a small glass sphere, and it looked great:
Yesterday, Bernalwood received several reports that the new College Hill mural had been defaced with graffiti. Neighbor Kim wrote:
I recently admired a photo of the new utility closet mural going up on Mission south of Randall. A friend says the artist is this dude who was apparently a refugee from Hurricane Katrina. Another friend tells me the mural was just defaced with the phrase “No hipster art.” Gentrification of aesthetics? Nativist extremism demands we all enjoy only murals of fetuses with sun glowing from their nether regions? What?
Neighbor Matt said:
This was a blank wall of peeling paint. Then it was a nice mural. Then someone who’s a) a jerk and b) has an inane argument if you can call it that, defaced it.
Neighbor Caro lives near the mural. She describes how she was awakened late Tuesday night by the sound of a man screaming:
This pisses me off. Josh Talbott Fineart is improving this community. He’s painting at Mission St and Appleton, and [Tuesday] night around 1.20-1.30am my dog started barking because a guy was screaming slurs against white people and hipsters.
On the bright side, Neighbor Caro shared a follow-up today to say that the mural has already been restored:
Glad to see this morning this!!! Such a great job this community is doing to keep things beautiful!
She also shared this photo, taken this morning:
PHOTOS: Top, graffiti by Neighbor Matt. Josh Tabott at work by Telstar Logistics. Restored mural by Neighbor Caro.