We've received nothing but congratulations from artists, community leaders, local activists, businesses, community groups, and citizens alike for putting on this event.
Unfortunately, a small minority of people don't believe in unity and public self expression, even when done legally and with permission. Some people still prefer to hold a negative viewpoint on anything created by young people of color, especially if the preferred art tool is a spray can.
There is a controversy brewing in the Arroyo Confluence where the murals were painted. Someone has decided to go down there and vandalize the mural by buffing out about 300 feet of the artwork. No one has claimed responsibility or admitted to giving the order to buff.
It's obvious that it was done "professionally" and not by a couple of guys with rollers. Whoever did this had to have driven down to the river fully equipped with spray guns, a compressor, and several 5 gallon buckets full of dull grey paint. Although they didn't finish the job, they were able to destroy enough of it to make you sick to your stomach.
Who would do such a thing? Although there are many speculations, we don't know for certain who committed this act of censorship. The only thing certain is that it was someone who doesn't believe in art or fears it greatly.
Public radio stations have gotten wind of this story and contacted us and FoLAR about it.
This week, Man One and Lewis MacAdams were on the air of KPFK's popular morning show,
"Uprising" to discuss the matter.
Here's the LINK to their blog and you can hear the interview STREAMED HERE as well...
L.A. public radio station, KPCC also did a piece....here it is:
Here's the online version...CLICK
You can hear the interview STREAMED HERE.
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