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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Paper Frank mourns his L5P mural

When I interviewed Atlanta artist Paper Frank a few weeks ago for the feature story, "Paper Frank's beautiful dark twisted reality", he talked about his experience this year painting a Little Five Points mural based on Hunter S. Thompson as depicted in the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

"It was at least 40 people lined up," he said. "Old white people were approaching me like, 'You are really good. That's beautiful.'"

But like all public art, Paper Frank's 5-months-old L5P mural met its inevitable end on Monday. He took to social media to mourn its passing:

On Facebook, he wrote:

"Rest in Peace. My Hunter S tribute mural has been painted over and is no more. It was a good run though."

And a friend replied in-kind:


Apparently, Chris Veal, the artist who originally gave Paper Frank permission to split with him the wall near the Little Five Points Post Office, even caught a little flak while painting over it, as he wrote on Frank's Facebook:
"Was just rolling over the wall we did in little 5 and had 4 ppl stop and ask "why are you painting over that?" Thought ppl bout to fight me over it lol."

Frank's response?

"Of course. The people loved it."

But the mural wasn't painted over to spite Paper Frank, according to Veal, who said he explained to Frank that the mural would be up for about six months. Veal paints over the wall every few months, per the owner's wishes, to keep things fresh. The owners recently asked him to paint it again, he stated in a written explanation when I reached out to him:

42 degrees/ owners of the building gave me the wall a couple years ago to paint. They like me to switch it up every 4 to 6 months just to keep it fresh and new. I've painted the wall a few different times now. I hosted an art show for Frank In April at the Graveyard Tavern and asked him to paint the wall with me right before it to show people his stuff a bit more. The wall as it has been is curated by myself and i'm currently in the process of putting a new piece on it. When I painted the wall grey I think people thought it was just buffed which is not the case. A few people even stopped me and asked "why are you painting over it?" The grey is just the background for a new wall I started. if you drive by it today ive already started the new mural but it wont be done till like Monday.... this is the wall before me and frank painted it..... the wall will change every 6 months or so and will be painted by myself or an artist of my choosing....

And here are the photos Veal provided featuring earlier renditions of the wall:

  • Courtesy Chris Veal

  • Courtesy Chris Veal

In addition to the L5P mural, Paper Frank recently discovered that a mural he painted in his former hometown Asheville, N.C. is also no more. But the artist, who has also applied to Living Walls in the past, doesn't seem deterred in the least.

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