If you happen to’re ever driving across the neighborhoods of West. St. Paul, you in all probability will not have a tough time recognizing the mural on house owner Ryan Weyandt’s wood fence.
Huge, daring letters spell out “Black Lives Matter” over a rainbow splash of vivid colours. However it seems they might be somewhat too vivid, as the town is now demanding Weyandt paint over the mural. He acquired the information this previous week:
Weyandt, who commissioned the paintings final summer time, writes that it violates the town’s “signal coverage,” because it was “thought of a political signal till after the election, however now wants to return down.”
Within the above publish, from April 7, he talks of plans to color over it with the assistance of neighbors, however the newest experiences point out that the mural’s future could also be unsure.
As the Star Tribune reports, Weyandt could possibly be going through stiff fines if he would not take away it by April 15, however with buddies and neighbors suggesting a variety of alternate options — together with crowdfunding to assist pay the fines, donating the fence to a museum or making it a public artwork set up elsewhere — Weyandt says “he hasn’t but determined what to do.”
Because the paper notes, the piece additionally violates an ordinance limiting fences to “one uniform shade,” whereas the town’s code enforcement crew has acquired greater than 20 complaints in regards to the mural prior to now a number of months.
Within the meantime, Weyandt has discovered himself — and his fence — on the heart of native, nationwide and even worldwide information. On Fb, he shared his response to having made the New York Occasions in addition to the Guardian in the UK: “Wow.”
In keeping with his Fb web page, Weyandt is the CEO and founding father of the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance, a nonprofit of business professionals geared toward “empowering the LGBTQ+ neighborhood on their path in direction of and delight of homeownership.”