Popular POW! WOW! mural painted over due to vandalism

One of the more prominent murals from POW! WOW! Long Beach’s collection of outdoor public art pieces was painted over Thursday. The wonderfully whimsical, detailed work of art featured a toucan and an apple-headed character in a tropical, oceanic scene, created by Antonio Segura, or DULK, as the Valencia-based artist is more widely known, during PWLB’s 2017 festival.

This wasn’t a decision made lightly. Due to an excessive amount of vandalism that nearly covered the bottom third of the mural, discussions between the Downtown Long Beach Alliance, Dulk, the city and PWLB organizers determined it needed to be painted over. Artists whose PWLB murals are vandalized often go back to the site to touch their murals up, sometimes PWLB organizers will do the job. But with Dulk situated in Spain and the intricate nature of the piece difficult to replicate, the task of restoring the mural to its original luster wasn’t possible.

The Dulk mural (top) located behind The Loop on Ocean Boulevard and Pine Avenue and bordered by the Long Beach Convention Center, was whitewashed (below) due to excessive amounts of graffiti.

Looking at the bright side, a PWLB official said the now all-white wall, located just below The Loop on Ocean Boulevard and Pine Avenue on Jergins Tunnel, may open up a new opportunity. If and when the mural festival is able to be held again, Dulk may return to paint another of his surreal, character-heavy scenes. Mural fans can hope that by 2021, when PWLB aims to return, that all of that and more will be a possibility.

Support our journalism.

Hyperlocal news is an essential force in our democracy, but it costs money to keep an organization like this one alive, and we can’t rely on advertiser support alone. That’s why we’re asking readers like you to support our independent, fact-based journalism. We know you like it—that’s why you’re here. Help us keep hyperlocal news alive in Long Beach.

Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.
- ADVERTISEMENT -

More