The 140-foot mural is on the side of a building in downtown Spokane, Washington – partly sponsored by Terrain, a nonprofit art. Terrain, along with 14Four and Seven2 digital advertising agencies, hired 16 artists to decorate and paint each letter in Black of Life, according to CNN affiliate KXLY.
Some, though, were insulting. The mural, completed less than two weeks ago, was vandalized on Wednesday.
But the community is not letting the negative response hamper the effort. Fundraising for the mural restoration has already raised more than $ 10,000.
“Dozens of people have worked with love to make this project happen, and only one or two are full of hatred to unleash it,” Terrain said in a statement posted on Facebook. “We̵
7;re solving them, but we can’t be quiet or silent.”
Artist Nicholas Sironka designed and pitter the “A” with the “Black” of the mural, a letter that received the weight of the white paint. He was not surprised that the mural had been vandalized, he told CNN.
“I just feel that the Black of Black Life that for me now has more meaning, unity of purpose. Everyone is united for one purpose and that is destroying inequality and injustice and all those things that come together, he said.
Kiantha Duncan, vice president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, said she had a visceral reaction to seeing the photos.
“This is extremely awesome,” Duncan said on the local KHQ news station. “When the words ‘Black Lives Matter’ are enough to upset people in a city as bad as they are, they not only protest against them, but also destroy the words themselves on the side of a building.”
Sgt. Terry Preuninger, a Spokane police spokesman, told local outlet The Spokesman-Review that the department had become aware of the vandalism act through the media but did not confirm whether a formal complaint had been filed.
This is not the only BLM mural that has been configured in recent weeks. In Spokane, a mural by George Floyd has been painted white, although it has now been restored.
In Manthattan, the Black Lives Matter road mural outside Trump Tower has been configured four times, although it was only completed on July 9th.