Somebody whitewashed Midtown Greenway mural [PHOTOS]

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Artists in Storefronts -- click to enlarge
The mural as it was found yesterday morning.
:::: UPDATE :::: Hennepin County painted over Midtown Greenway mural

Artists Caw Wi Jiwa, Erin Sayer, and Yuya Negishi were on the receiving end of a major buzzkill yesterday morning when the mural they were working on along the Midtown Greenway near Sunrise Cyclery was found covered in whitewash.

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A Facebook post by Artists in Storefronts notes that the mural-makers had permission from the pertinent landowner, Sunrise Cyclery, and the Midtown Greenway Coalition. City officials say they had nothing to do with covering up the mural, and at this point it's unclear who or what entity was responsible.

Here, via Caw Wi Jiwa, is an image of the mural before it was whitewashed (click to enlarge):

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Jiwa's comment on the photo, posted on Facebook after the whitewashing was discovered, simply says, "RIP."

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.



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Kurt Duerksen
Kurt Duerksen

It was painted over by the County. They are the ones who give out permits for murals on the Greenway. They are aware of the story and hopefully both sides will come to a happy conclusion.

yourmomshot
yourmomshot

Hennepin County is the guilty party, and seemingly unapologetic about it: 


https://www.facebook.com/hennepin/posts/647608071933819

"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."

Jeffrey Stager
Jeffrey Stager

I'm glad we have such heroes in Minneapolis willing to save us from crappy "art" like what was in the before picture.

Erica
Erica

Who or what entity? Ya think ET did it City Pages? Obviously someone or some people hates art. Douchebag(s).

Jeff Robertson
Jeff Robertson

It's the only thing rogue tagged can do nowadays as street art has become so prevalent in this town. Guess graffiti has come full circle.

Ganzobean HornedHeart
Ganzobean HornedHeart

The vigilante buffers in the Twin Cities are like nothing I've seen in any other city. For a city that claims to love art, they sure love to paint over art on walls with blocks of white or grey.

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

Rude. why do people do such pointless rude crap? get a damn hobby or job and grow the hell up

A1batross
A1batross

The same purse-lipped "Walls should be WHITE" thoughtlessness that led someone to mow down the restored Minnesota prairie at the Midtown YWCA a couple of years ago.
"Butcha gotta have GRASS!"

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Jeffrey Stager Your opinion is irrelevant to the fact that this was vandalism of private property.  A crime.  The property owners sanctioned the mural and even cleared it with the greenway coalition to be sure.

debpias
debpias

@Angela Salzl painting seems to be their hobby. Too bad that doesn't negate from the fact that they're still little a-holes :(

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