The towering volcano and the colorful birds and flowers that once covered a Highland Park bungalow are now gone, covered under a layer of gold paint. The images – inspired by the Nicaraguan homeland of the former occupants – were painted on the Marmion Way home less than a year ago as part of a $10,000 U.S.-Mexico art and community project. But, as The Eastsider reported in November, the house had been vandalized and left vacant after the property fell into foreclosure and is now up for sale.
The home’s sale price was cut on Tuesday to $185,000 from $189,000. This morning, Highland Park resident C. Waterton walked by the home and noticed the mural was gone in addition to other changes.
I walked by the controversial Marmion Way Mural/Animal Desertion House this morning and voila! The future of the mural is apparent. I live close by and pass regularly on my way to the Gold Line – also the shanty town shacks in the back have been torn down.