Vandalized Living Walls mural receives TLC; people, GDOT start scrubbing to remove roller paint

One person has offered to lend pressure washer


  • Dustin Chambers
  • Alex Cox and Paige Stevens scrub the University Avenue retaining wall that earlier today was roller-painted by community members upset with Living Walls mural

A group of men and women are already working to wash off the paint used to cover French artist Pierre Roti’s Living Walls Concepts mural along University Avenue in southwest Atlanta.

CL photographer and gentle soul Dustin Chambers says seven people are scrubbing the retaining wall with a mix of water and soap and that several more folks are on the way. One person who drove by offered to lend his pressure washer to help remove the paint, Chambers says.

Members of the Pittsburgh community who were angry that they were not consulted about the artwork painted over the mural this morning.

UPDATE, 1:26 p.m.: GDOT is also on its way to the scene. An agency spokeswoman says crews will use a light pressure wash to remove the cover-up paint.

“We are going to go ahead and try to take it off without ruining the mural,” she says.

UPDATE, 2:39 p.m.: More photos by Dustin Chambers of crews helping wash the vandalism off the mural are after the jump.