Hennepin County painted over Midtown Greenway mural

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Since they hadn't issued a permit for the mural, Hennepin County officials began covering it up.
Earlier today, Hennepin County came clean as the entity responsible for painting over the Midtown Greenway mural near Sunrise Cyclery.

THE BACKSTORY: Somebody whitewashed Midtown Greenway mural [PHOTOS]

In fact, the only reason the mural wasn't totally whitewashed is because workers ran out of paint. But Hennepin County officials say their painting crew has "been instructed to leave the mural as-is while we work with Minneapolis and the artist on next steps."

In an email to City Pages, Midtown Greenway Coalition Executive Director Soren Jensen explained that the Greenway wall on which the mural was painted is owned the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority. The Railroad Authority "were not asked for a permit for that mural, so their crews thought it was graffiti," Jensen continued.

A Hennepin County Government Facebook post explains the mixup in more detail:
In light of recent posts about Midtown Greenway murals:

Permits for murals on the Midtown Greenway are issued by the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (hcrra@co.hennepin.mn.us). Any request to install art on the Midtown Greenway, or anywhere in Minneapolis, goes through the Minneapolis Arts Commission (https://www.facebook.com/MPLArtsComm) prior to the HCRRA granting a permit.

We are aware of the most recent incident of painting over a mural at Blaisdell. Our graffiti crew painted over it because it was not a permitted mural. Somewhat fortunately, the crew ran out of paint mid-job and have been instructed to leave the mural as-is while we work with Minneapolis and the artist on next steps.
-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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19 comments
Lapakko
Lapakko

I find this collaboration of a minimalist white mass devouring dynamically colored shapes leveraging 90 degree angles tells a broad story which we all can relate to. I applaud Hennepin County for taking it upon themselves to express themselves artistically.

Philbo
Philbo

My guess is the folks working in Sentence to Service were instructed to paint over the Mural.

Melissa Mj
Melissa Mj

It's not like they have anything else better to do. I mean, everything else is prefect and running great! Pfft.

Melissa Niederkorn
Melissa Niederkorn

It looked like a pretty comprehensive piece...perhaps the country should've...I dunno, checked, before painting over it? Waste of money on white paint now...tax dollars at work...

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

Another reason to not like/distrust the government.

Damian Amberg
Damian Amberg

Who makes the decision between art and graffiti anyway?

Charlie Seto
Charlie Seto

Well, now we know. Since the Greenway used to be a RR track, and bureaucratically the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority is still in charge of the right-of-way, nobody in the Greenway Coalition or the City of Minneapolis touched base with them, and simultaneously someone at HCRRA did not inquire before whitewashing Well, what's done is done. Hopefully this won't happen again in the future.

Marlena Myles
Marlena Myles

Painted over my friends' art and thought it was graffiti? Psh.

Joshua Dorrian
Joshua Dorrian

So the city approved it, the owners approved it, and the county steps in like "fuck your stuff". Ah the government at work.

Kat Coats
Kat Coats

i want to know why the minneapolis arts commision was unaware of who actually owns the walls and the proper steps. I feel the county should pay for all the supplies needed to re-do the mural

Eva Chavarria Hunter
Eva Chavarria Hunter

Hope the artists strike back and turn the whitewash back to a beautiful mural again!

Jason Seracki
Jason Seracki

If it was racism or something crude, then yes...clean it up. This was pretty cool.

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