Building owner wants artists to bring back painted murals on alley wall – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana weather
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Some artists are expressing concern after a team painted over their murals on the side of a building in an alleyway in the cultural district of the Place de la Fontaine.
A lawyer for the owner of the building says it was all a big mistake.
In 2019, the record store Square Cat Vinyl artists paid to paint the murals with the permission of the building owner. The unpaved driveway is in an area bordered by Virginia Avenue, Woodlawn Avenue, and Shelby Street.
Now it’s all gone, painted beige.
“I would rather see art in this alley instead of a white wall that someone is going to walk through and mark 100 times,” said artist Garrett Jett.
Jett said the loss of the artwork is a loss to the community. He says artists already face many challenges in the city. “Just trying to get your name out there is a great thing and having a space to be able to paint to be able to showcase your art is really hard to find. “
Another artist, Mike Meares, said of painting the murals: “It does nothing for the community to do this. “
Meares spent hours painting his “Space rockers” wall door in the alley. “I was really proud of it, so watching it disappear takes your breath away a bit.”
“I remember while I was working Maddie Sank was going up and down the ladder to paint the tall mural up there. Just hours and days here doing this job and now you know, ”Meares said.
Meares says a lot of love went into the murals. “The sad thing is it will never be exactly the same again. It is therefore lost. Hopefully something follows. “
A lawyer said the owner is hoping the murals can be recreated or other works can be placed in the alleyway.
“Initial poor communication with the team that preserved the alley side of the building unfortunately resulted in the art being covered up. The owner has no objection to the immediate return of Graffiti Alley 2.0. and in addition to the original artists, who are welcome to recreate their art, if the Arts Council or the Fountain Square Neighborhood Association wishes to select additional artists to make the alley better than ever – we approve.
“We hope the same groups will join us in our attempts to convince the city to make the lane safer for pedestrian traffic (we’ve been trying to get it paved for years – like some merchants), a graffiti-paved lane could really be something special.
Criag Helmreich, lawyer at K&S Holdings