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Project to restore mural downtown expected to begin in April

February 2, 2012

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This mural in the alley between 716 and 718 Mass., called "The Guardian of the Arts," was organized by local artist Dave Loewenstein in 1993. Repairs on the wall recently covered up the mural, but Loewenstein and local business owner Clay Belcher are exploring options to possibly recreate the mural.

This mural in the alley between 716 and 718 Mass., called "The Guardian of the Arts," was organized by local artist Dave Loewenstein in 1993. Repairs on the wall recently covered up the mural, but Loewenstein and local business owner Clay Belcher are exploring options to possibly recreate the mural.

Downtown Lawrence visitors who miss the presence of a mural that was in the walkway between 716 Mass. and 722 Mass. will probably have to wait a couple more months.

Lawrence muralist David Loewenstein, who organized the original mural in 1993, named “The Guardian of the Arts,” said he’ll need to wait for the weather to warm up.

Loewenstein expects the project to begin in mid-April. At this point, Loewenstein, who will donate the labor for the mural, said the idea is to restore the old mural, with a few minor changes.

The project should take about a week, and there will be opportunities for community members to help, he said.

After a January Journal-World article on the mural, the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce raised the $1,000 needed for supplies in less than a day and is coordinating with Loewenstein on the project.

The mural, which had become a downtown Lawrence staple, was recently covered up during repairs to the building that houses Signs of Life, 722 Mass.

Comments

blindrabbit 3 years ago

I'm confused, no excuses needed! Is the effort to restore the former (but covered-up) mural or to create a totally new one?

Getaroom 3 years ago

You mean no excuses for your confusion? So you are what, an anti-muralist? When was the last time you volunteered any of your personal time to help better the city? It says in plain English, "Loewenstein, who will donate the labor for the mural, said the idea is to restore the old mural, with a few minor changes."

spiderd 3 years ago

Donating his time? What a guy.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years ago

It's what he does for a living. How often have you done your job for free lately?

spiderd 3 years ago

Exactly my point. I was not being sarcastic, just trying to make sure everyone caught that aspect - maybe I didn't do it well. I wish we had 100 more of him in town.

sad_lawrencian 3 years ago

How's about a photograph of the mural as it looks now?

sad_lawrencian 3 years ago

"...the idea is to restore the old mural, with a few minor changes."

"A few minor changes" sounds iffy to me: like George Lucas revising the original Star Wars movies every seven years. Nah. The artist may "restore" the work, but please don't alter the original art!

appleaday 3 years ago

The original art has already been erased. It's been painted over.

sad_lawrencian 3 years ago

Art is always a product of the time & place in which it was created. Please don't destroy that aspect of the mural by repainting it! Cleaning & touching up is one thing, but it would be wrong to "change" the mural. Leave it as it was in 1993.

sad_lawrencian 3 years ago

Oh, I see now they completely destroyed the mural when they "repaired" the wall. Aaah. Entirely in keeping with these new Brownbackian times we live in.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years ago

I don't think there was anything nefarious involved-- the plaster on the wall was failing, so the original mural couldn't be preserved.

MarcoPogo 3 years ago

Wow, who took a dump in everybody's Cheerios this morning?

ktbob1954 3 years ago

I'm with you MarcoPogo....its a mural for gawd's sake. Whatever Loewenstein creates will be awesome!! One can't always keep the original, but he will get as close to it as possible. Now you all go put some strawberries on another NEW bowl of cheerios.....LOL.....

midwestmom 3 years ago

Exactly! I was about to suggest coffee intake to the grumpies this morning. Strawberries on a new bowl of Cheerios sounds better. I hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy today's weather. Partly sunny & 62 sounds pretty cheerful to me (especially after seeing that the folks to the west of us are under a blizzard warning).

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