Massive ‘Black Lives Matter’ mural in downtown Spokane vandalized
SPOKANE, Wash. — The 140-foot Black Lives Matter mural decorating the side of a building downtown has been vandalized with white paint.
The mural is a collaborative effort between 16 artists of color, local arts nonprofit Terrain, and digital ad agencies 14Four and Seven2. It was finished in mid-July amid nationwide protests for police reform and equality.
Following the defacement, Terrain released the following statement:
“We are not interested in giving more air time to hate. The mural was created in love, and we are moving forward in love.”
Similarly, a mural depicting George Floyd, whose death in the custody of Minneapolis Police sparked months of protest, was defaced and eventually restored in early July.