A male was caught on surveillance cameras painting a large mural on the wall of the wildlife underpass located near Deadman’s Flats on July 6.
Local RCMP are investigating an incident of vandalism that will see the destruction of a recently completed mural on the Community Knowledge campus.The date which the mural was tagged is unknown, but the damage is strewn across the majority of the wall. Facilities stated that there is no way to protect the art underneath the tag, and the entire piece must be taken down.“(Removal crews) are trying new techniques, trying to preserve the mural but it’s unlikely they’ll be able to save anything,” said Coun. Jackie Clayton during a city committee meeting Tuesday morning.“It’s super unfortunate that we have lost that mural,” said Mayor Bill Given“We shouldn’t let these vandals get any more exposure for any longer than we possibly have to,” said Given.As the campus is city property, it is responsible for the removal of the tag in an efficient and timely fashion.There is no currently established timeline for the removal of the mural. Once scheduled, it will have to be sandblasted, painted over, or chemically removed.As a violation of the Community Standards Bylaw, any offenders convicted of vandalism could be sentenced to a fine of up to $5,000 and can serve up to two years in jail.Community members are encouraged to report instances of graffiti and vandalism to city authorities upon discovery.The City of Grande Prairie is encouraging both media and civilian personnel not to share photos of the tag in order to keep further exposure to a minimum.