David Witt's cool Stillwater PBR mural painted over just before completion [PHOTOS]

David Witt
Witt's mural looked like this shortly before it was scrubbed from existence.
On May 29, David Witt was riding high. After two weeks of work, the full-time illustrator was just about to wrap up the sponsored Pabst Blue Ribbon mural he was painting on the rail car outside the Freight House bar and restaurant in Stillwater.

Witt took to Twitter that afternoon and updated his progress:

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But Witt was in for a rude awakening when he woke up yesterday and checked Facebook: We touched base with Witt shortly after he saw that his mural had been painted over. Initially, he assumed the city was responsible.

"I made the whole mural and I don't even know how much time I put into it," Witt said. "I was maybe two hours away from finishing it and I was going to do that tomorrow."

But we found out the story was a little more complicated than that when we got in touch with Stillwater City Planner Abbi Jo Wittman later in the day.

Wittman explained that the city was responsible in a sense, but ultimately the call to cover up the mural yesterday was made by Freight House management.

"On May 6, the city had an anonymous inquiry about a mural being painted at the Freight House on a box car, and all the murals and graphic design signs in downtown require a Design Review Permit and a Special Use Permit," Wittman told us. "I sent a community service officer over that day but there was nobody on site and we were unable to figure out who is doing the work, so we sent an email to the Freight House indicating that they needed a permit."

A little over a week later, the city received a permit application from the Freight House. In the application, management proposed allowing Witt to finish the mural he'd already started. That design, however, didn't pass muster with the city's Heritage Preservation Commission.

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