A renowned illustrator says it was inevitable a mural he designed as part of a project to combat vandalism on Rhode Island highways was covered with graffiti.
He's suggesting an interesting approach to dealing with the result: leaving some graffiti up.
David Macaulay's mural along Interstate 95 in downtown Providence was completed in June. It gives the illusion of a row of arches in front of a series of statues, as well as other elements.
The mural was covered end-to-end with red graffiti, and the state is trying to clean it up.
Macaulay told The Providence Journal that getting rid of it might invite an endless battle with vandals.
He suggested an "edit" to remove graffiti from the space between the arches, leaving just the arches vandalized. He said it might actually add to his idea.
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