Endangered 1972 NYC Public Mural Could Be Restored

Sunday, 18 Sep 2011 12:23 PM

 

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NEW YORK — A mural by renowned artist Arnold Belkin has been deteriorating slowly over the decades at the Manhattan playground where it was painted in 1972. But there has been little impetus to preserve it until now.

Residents are now clamoring to have what may be the artist's only outdoor U.S. work restored.

At their request, a Washington D.C.-based national organization devoted to preserving the country's cultural artifacts is assessing whether the work titled "Against Domestic Colonialism" can be repaired.

Heritage Preservation's Kristen Laise says prognosis for the large mural is good, but repairs could cost at least $70,000.

The organization has compiled a list of about a dozen "highly endangered" community murals around the country.

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