The bumpy cinderblock wall of the Muñeca Beauty Salon at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Douglas Street in Echo Park has been turned into a canvas in recent days by a young artist named Forrest. But apparently not everyone is a fan of the bright yellow and white mural. Earlier this week, the mural got hit with some anti-gentrification tagging that said:
Development = gentrification=displacement of the poor=economic violence
Echo Park resident Ted Dorsey, who took the photo above, spoke with the artist on Wednesday afternoon after he had cleaned off the tagging. Said Dorsey:
I drove back by this afternoon to find that Forrest had repaired the damage and responded by inviting a conversation with whomever wanted to talk. I thought that was just such a mature response to an asinine provocation. As Forrest said to me, “I’m glad to have a conversation, but writing on my artwork isn’t the right forum.”
If you want to get a hold of Forrest, just look for his email he painted on the wall.
Photo by Ted Dorsey
* Update: Forrest will have more cleaning to do. New tagging appeared on the mural this morning.