A Chicago artist, city officials and community members are looking for solutions after, in early May, city workers whitewashed a mural in the Hermosa neighborhood that local residents adored.
The city has said that the mural, entitled "Es Tiempo de Recordar," was indeed whitewashed by mistake after it had been defaced with graffiti.
Artist Sandra Antongioriwho painted the mural along with artists Rolf Mueller and Marcus Akinlana in 1992 and restored it in 2010said that she'd initially heard about the whitewashing and thought little of it, assuming the neighborhood had tired of the piece.
"I was fine until I read the comments" on social media, said Antongiori, who added that she became "shocked and outraged" over the incident.
At this point, she said, there has been discussion of possibly repainting the mural elsewhere, since the viaduct under which it was located is in need of repair, among other options. Antongiori added that Alds. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa ( 35th Ward ) and Robert Maldonado ( 26th ) have voiced their support.
"It seems like they're interested in finding a solution," Antongiori said. "The aldermen felt it was a big mistake by the city."