Following the focus on property damage following Seattle’s May Day protests, CHS received several reports about vandalism to the popular 135-foot mural on the light rail construction wall along 10th Ave E at John.
According to people familiar with the area, the splattering of red paint happened days prior to the Tuesday protests. Related? Who knows.
A Sound Transit representative said the agency heard about the damage last Thursday and is currently waiting for artist Zach Rochstad to be available to repair his work. The perpetrators weren’t caught and the rep says that tagging incidents have been “on the rise” lately.
The Baso Fibonacci-designed work was added to the wall in July 2010 as part of a Sound Transit art program lead by DK Pan and has become a popular Capitol Hill icon. The untitled work depicts Fibonacci in full scream amidst a psychedelic skyline of Sgt. Pepper owls. In March, Sound Transit unveiled a mural honoring park-namesake Cal Anderson on the construction wall’s southeast face.