TURNING VANDALISM INTO ART
Charlie Cole from Blue Cat posted the picture of the graffiti online and was obviously upset. Blue Cat has just recently opened and seems to be going well. But the head brewer is not a glass half empty kind of guy. He knows this kind of thing happens and luckily is surrounded by a community who is helpful and caring and talented.
Late Saturday night the south side wall of Blue Cat Brewing Co. was vandalized with graffiti. Unfortunately, the public cameras in The District courtyard could not identify the culprit. But the Blue Cat owners are determined to turn this negative into a positive. After Blue Cat co-owner Charlie Cole made a facebook post about the vandalism, local artist Atlanta Fulscher reached out and offered to cover the graffiti with her own artwork. She will be onsite around 10 am on Thursday 12/23 adding a big blue catfish to the side of the building.
Other local artists have also reached out offering their services and talents as well. Charlie and the Blue Cat team are now in touch with Quad City Arts and working on a way to showcase several artists on what was once a blank wall.
"I have no problem with street art, I'm just not very happy about people doing it without asking. I'm not sure what the symbol means so I really don't want it displayed in case it represents anything negative." Cole said. "It really shows how much the downtown community cares about the businesses here though. We've been contacted by so many artists and organizations wanting to help add art to the wall. I'm happy this situation is turning into such a positive one."
We can't wait to see the finished product.
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