"Lucky we don't have to fear a Governor Villaraigosa"
Now, David Torres, the artist better known as "Rabi," who created the mural, has contacted us via email with his own update about what's happening at the site.
Rabi tells us that when he and an artist friend named Retna were painting the mural, they increasingly heard passersby "voice their opinions" about Villaraigosa -- and they weren't all that flattering. After a while, Rabi says, he realized that "maybe it wasn't such a great idea to endorse this guy." But Rabi was commissioned by the owner of Susy's Meat Market to paint the piece, so he maintained his professionalism, finished the mural, and was quite pleased with the result. About two months later, in September, someone splattered red paint on his creation."
At first, I was pretty disappointed," Rabi writes to us in an email, referring to the red paint, "but then I started to like it even more, it's become more than another mural -- it's now a statement and an expression of the public, a movement if you will."
........and what is the story behind the latest alteration of the Mayor Villaraigosa mural??
To take it one step further, Rabi went back to the mural yesterday and made an addition with his own red paint. "Like Sand In The Wind," the artist wrote, with a tag of "The Fear."
"What this (saying) refers to is the monks that finish their sand paintings and then blow them away," Rabi tells us. "Also the fact that this Mayor/man is but a speckle in our time soon to be forgotten and a new Mayor/man and mural will emerge, and so on."
How soon can a Santa Ana wind blow through the "Third Floor"??
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