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May 12, 2021

Unfinished mural at Sun Street Centers vandalized

Man throws paint across artwork while artists were on break

KING CITY — An unfinished mural meant to symbolize growth and community support on the side of Sun Street Centers in King City was defaced while the artists were on a break Friday afternoon.

Art instructor Bryan Luster, who is overseeing the mural program with youth and students from Sun Street Centers, said the crew was painting and decided to take a short break at about 2 p.m.

When they returned just minutes later, they discovered a man had taken their buckets and thrown paint across the mural and ground.

“He liked colors,” Luster said about the individual who had been viewing the painting process earlier before vandalizing the mural.

Sun Street Centers staff and guests were out shortly after to help clean the paint before it dried onto the concrete.

Luster said the artwork will need to be either touched up or re-painted, which would push back its completion by one week.

Artists plan to return Saturday morning to repair the mural, which is located on the corner of Broadway Street and South Mildred Avenue.

Sean Roney
Sean Roney
Sean Roney is the reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers education, government and general news for the Salinas Valley communities in South Monterey County.

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