Mural Removal Provides a Blank Canvas for Public Arts
photo collage by Scott Horne
One day it was there, the next it was gone. Students returning from winter break were surprised to see an empty grey wall where the colorful mural, “Signs and Symbols,” used to be for more than a decade.
The student-made mural, also called “Vision Mural,” on Inter-Garrison Road and Fifth Avenue was torn down due to increasing concern over the traces of lead found in the paint.
Ilene Feinman, Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, explained that the mural “was removed in two stages because the original middle section, the crossed cannons, was completely made of lead paint. It had been left there early on when the rest of the mural was built out from it, but it was in need of being abated.”