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George Floyd Mural In Ohio To Be Restored By City Following ‘Lightning Strike’
By Alexa Heah, 15 Jul 2021
Image via bgrocker / Shutterstock.com
A mural honoring George Floyd in Toledo, Ohio, collapsed after an alleged lightning strike, though the real cause for the wall’s destruction is still being speculated.
Fortunately, the city’s mayor has promised that the Toledo Arts Commission will work with the original artist, David Ross, to replace it, so that “the message at the core of this artwork can be heard.”
Lending to possible allegations of vandalism, Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said: “We may never know for certainty why the George Floyd mural came down. It could have been an act of nature, or it could have been an act of vandalism. What we do know is that the mural will be replaced.”
According to WZZM-TV, a witness had told the Toledo Fire and Rescue that the wall on which the mural had been painted collapsed after being struck by a lightning bolt. The National Weather Service confirmed that there were thunderstorms in the Toldeo Metro area between 4pm and 5pm on July 13.
The colorful artwork was created over a year ago by local artist David Ross, and had been the venue for memorial services in honor of Floyd in the area, as per USA Today. While the exact cause of its destruction is not known, those who wish to memorialize Floyd and his life will be comforted to know the city is working to restore the mural to its former glory.
[via USA Today, cover image via bgrocker / Shutterstock.com]
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