Mural painted this summer in Monona vandalized

The Monona Police Department is investigating after one of the city’s colorful murals was vandalized last week.

BlackDaze was the artist who painted the mural, which was created on a side of the J&H Auto Supply building, as part of the Momentum Urban Arts Festival.

James Gubbins helped organize the Momentum Urban Arts Festival which brought several murals to the Monona area this summer.

He said his son, who goes to school in the neighborhood, was the one who told him about the vandalism.

The mural was created as a way to bring attention to street art, a type of art that has often been associated with vandalism.

“It’s kind of like counter-productive. This was the reason we were bringing it into the community. To introduce them to it,” Gubbins said.

Gubbins has already fixed the mural.

Light and dark blue paint was splattered across the mural sometime between Tuesday, Oct. 15, and Friday, Oct. 18, according to a Facebook post by the Monona East Side Business Alliance.

“I can’t have something like that, that’s disrespected in public view. i got out there real quick,” Gubbins said.

If you saw anyone lurking around J&H Supply or Schwenn’s Service or saw someone with a couple of cans of blue paint during that time, you are asked to call the Monona Police Department at 608-222-0463.

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