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Living Walls mural to be removed

Michael Perkins tries to remove paint used to cover-up a wall mural on University Ave.  The mural, which features  a serpent as the body of a human like figure has been controversial since it painted.   BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Michael Perkins tries to remove paint used to cover-up a wall mural on University Ave. The mural, which features a serpent as the body of a human like figure has been controversial since it painted. BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

By Rosalind Bentley (rbentley@ajc.com)

Looks as if another of the Living Walls Concepts murals is coming down. The surrealist mural by French artist Pierre Roti was one of several murals painted around Atlanta on vacant walls by a host of international artists this summer as a part of a program by  the Atlanta nonprofit public art group, Living Walls. But the content of Roti’s mural on University Avenue prompted opposition from some members of the Pittsburgh neighborhood where the piece is located. A few of the neighbors even painted over large portions of the mural with gray paint earlier this fall.

That sparked a petition campaign to keep it the piece up, though it was later determined that the organization did not receive proper permit approval before the mural was painted.

The wall that bears the painting belongs to the Department of Transportation. A DOT spokeswoman said Friday that because of the permitting issue, the painting is scheduled to be removed as soon as next week. Living Walls executive director Monica Campana said she found the decision to remove the mural “a little disappointing.” This is the second mural in the project to be removed this year after neighborhood opposition.

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