The 140-foot fresco is on the side of a building in downtown Spokane, Washington, partly supported by the local arts nonprofit Terrain. According to CNN’s subsidiary KXLY, Terrain has hired 16 artists, along with digital advertising agencies 14Four and Seven2, to decorate and draw each letter for Black Lives Matter.
For some, however, it was offensive. The fresco, erected less than two weeks ago, was destroyed on Wednesday.
However, the community does not allow a negative response to hamper efforts. The foundation, which wants to restore the fresco, has already raised more than $ 10,000.
“Dozens of people working with love took this project to happen, and only one or two people were filled with hatred to destroy it,”
; Terrain said in a statement on Facebook. “We exceed their number, but we cannot be silent or silent.”
The artist Nikolajus Sironka designed and painted the letter “A” in the “Black” fresco – a letter with white paint. He wasn’t surprised the fresco was vandalized, he told CNN.
“I just feel that the whole thing of Black Lives Matter now has more meaning, unity of purpose. Everyone is united in one goal and that is to eliminate inequality and injustice and all those things.”
Kiantha Duncan, vice president of NAACP’s Spokane division, said she experienced a visceral reaction when she saw the photos.
“It’s very scary,” local news station KHQ Duncan said. “When the words ‘Black Lives Matter’ are enough to make the people of the city so angry that they not only protest against it, but also destroy the words themselves on the side of the building.”
Sgt. Terry Preuninger, a Spokane police spokesman, told local offices the Spokesman-Review department had been notified of the vandalism through the media, but he did not confirm whether a formal complaint had been made.
This is not the only BLM fresco that has been crushed in recent weeks. In Spokane, George Floyd’s fresco was painted white, though it has now been restored.
In Manhattan, the Black Lives Matter street mural behind the Trump Tower has been damaged four times, despite the fact that it was completed on July 9.