Black Lives Matter murals postponed to 2021 due to “violent vitriol”

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“It’s fine in his right to do that, but I think he’s delayed us considerably and I think it’s really unfortunate.

Pink Flamingo’s statement also said that they had spoken with Driediger and would not have pursued the location “if we had not understood that our correspondence was favorable or, at worst, neutral.”

Driediger said in an interview on Wednesday that he feared from the start that there was an outcry over the replacement of a well-known work of art in such a prominent location.

“I’ve heard there have been negative reactions, and it’s horrible for me,” he said, adding that he had never tried to arouse public opposition to the project. .

Doug Driediger with the mural at the old CUPS building on 7th Avenue on Tuesday August 11, 2020. Darren Makowichuk / Postmedia

He said the current situation could have been avoided with more public consultation to assess Calgarians’ reaction to the replacement of the existing mural.

According to him, “two works of art in the city center are better than one” and even two decades later, he doesn’t think his mural is in bad enough condition to warrant its replacement. He said he would like to see the Black Lives Matter mural in a cool downtown location.

“I hope the opportunity that presents itself right now is for thoughtful and courageous building owners to say, ‘Wow, this is an opportunity to do the right thing at the same time,’” said Driediger.

“It allowed them to make the building a landmark. It will be an important statement and an extremely valuable statement that will come back up. “



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