Local Artist Painstakingly Restores Wildberries’ Mural Defaced by Vandal
Dunning explained to us that the block-long mural on the south wall of the Wildberries parking lot in Arcata “was painted 13 years ago in 2007, and, since that time, its sincerity and beauty and the sheer effort and intelligence that went into its creation seem to have protected it from graffiti.” She told us, “[I]t is the work of young people, specifically “The Summer Youth Mural Project of 2007.” As the years have passed, the mural’s straight forward innocence and vulnerability seem to have been a powerful force of protection.”
But she said, this year it was tagged. “Perhaps the person who did it never noticed the mural,” she wrote. “It was just a wall…The Arcata Police are currently investigating who this person might be [and] following some promising leads.”
But Dunning was most interested in restoring the wall. “People thanked me constantly, as they walked and drove by,” she wrote in an email yesterday. “Plus, they told me a lot of interesting and hilarious stories. It was fun and well worth my time. Also, I, simply, did not want to look at it defaced. I am a big believer in the power of street art to be regarded as an offering to the public. Last year, three other artists and I created murals at 2nd and C in Old Town Eureka. People have been really appreciative.”
Note: “The Arcata youth mural was originally designed by Haley Van Gemert and the project was supervised by Maureen McGarry in coordination with the California Integrated Waste Management Board, Arcata’s Environmental Services Department and, of course, Wildberries.”
Note: We suggest if you approve of this kind of community spirit, pick up one of Joan’s books. We did.