Highland Park mural house disappears under gold paint

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.


  1. What did you expect?

  2. Looks better already.

  3. not sure if it looks better or worse…

  4. I live close by and see this house every day. The mural was an eyesore. Its removal was just Step 1 in rehabbing the place.

  5. @Carl Showalter– I AGREE!!!!!

  6. That’s sad, I enjoyed seeing the colorful house with the hummingbird and volcano.

  7. As much as I love public art, unfortunately this mural did not quite fit the bill… it would have been better dedicated on one of the many vacant walls along the Gold Line. Hopefully this house falls into the arms of one of the ‘tasteful’ rehabbers in Highland Park.

  8. Transformed back into the ugly little shack it really was.

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