Why would anyone deface Birmingham’s most popular murals?

Murals Birmingham
Murals Birmingham
Melt’s iconic “angel wings” – photo by Kristina O’Ouinn

Warning! The photos in this story will make your blood pressure rise. Several of Birmingham’s most popular murals were defaced yesterday/last night in the Avondale and Woodlawn neighborhoods and on 1st Avenue North and 39th.

One of the murals is of the iconic “angel wings” at Melt Birmingham.

Here is a statement by Melt’s co-owner Padget Pizitz:

“We are appalled at the actions of the individual or individuals who did this.  The mural was a gift from the Eason Family. They chose Melt to receive the angel wings because of all Harriet (Despinakis, co-owner) and I do for the community.  The mural was painted by Marcus Fetch, a very talented artist.  It took him three days in the middle of the summer to complete the mural.  We don’t have the money to repaint the mural, but I am personally offering a reward to anyone with the information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of the person or persons involved in such a senseless crime. We would like to thank the Avondale community for all of their love and support.”

Here are the before and after photos of three murals that were defaced.

Birmingham Murals
Melt’s Angel Wings, photo by Kristina O’Ouinn
Murals Birmingham
Melt’s iconic “Angel Wings,” photo by Kristina O’Ouinn
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New mural at 56th St and 1st AVE S in Woodlawn
Birmingham Woodlawn
photo by Kristina O’Ouinn
Birmingham Woodlawn
Photo by Kristina O’Ouinn
Birmingham
Mural on 1st Ave. North and 39th Street, photo by Pat Byington
Birmingham Murals
Photo by Kristina O’Ouinn
Birmingham
Photo by Kristina O’Ouinn
Be proactive Birmingham!

If you have information or tips about the vandalism, the Birmingham Police Department is asking folks to post or send a message on their Facebook account.

As stated earlier in the story, Melt is also offering a reward.

Bham Now will be updating this story in next few day, especially if there are ways to save the murals.

Watch this space.

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.