Student Mural To Be Repainted After Des Moines Fast-Tracks Approvals

“This is a really crappy situation, but because the community has rallied, it’s turned it into something beautiful.”

The student mural that was beige-washed in Des Moines last weekend due to snafus in the approval process will be fast-tracked for repainting thanks to community crowdfunding, the Des Moines Register reports.

The original 200-foot mural, which took nearly 100 hours to paint, was created by local students in collaboration with street artist As Phate. However, an apparent miscommunication between Des Moines Central Campus High School and City officials led to the mural being painted without any official approvals.

That meant the artwork wasn’t safe from its own City. When someone called in a graffiti complaint on the mural, it was painted over.

Now, due to a community crowdfunding effort, it looks like the mural will be reborn. A GoFundMe page has pulled in $4,400 so far – already $1,000 more than the original mural cost. According to the Register, Des Moines City Manager Scott Sanders said that these funds would cover the cost of repainting the mural and the City has agreed to streamline approval for the new artwork.

The woman who started the crowdfunding page, Emily Lang, is a Central Campus teacher.

“This is a really crappy situation, but because the community has rallied, it’s turned it into something beautiful,”  Lang told the Register.

Meanwhile, Des Moines officials defended the City’s graffiti removal policy and process.

Parks Department spokesperson Jen Fletcher told the Register, “People call in (or write) sometimes anonymously. Unless we know of a permit that’s out there, we take care of it… Graffiti instances have gone down since the program went into place, so clearly the process is working.”

“It wasn’t the process that was broken,” Sanders said.

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