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Mural Vandalized at Haymaker Farmer's Market

Mural by artist Elaine Hullihen finished just weeks before vandals strike

It didn't take long for vandals to strike the freshly painted mural at the Haymaker Farmer's Market.

Market manager Kelly Ferry discovered a graffiti tag on the new mural this weekend.

Artist Elaine Hullihen just weeks ago finished the mural, which includes a special overcoat designed to protect against graffiti.

Hullihen said the tag should be removable with an application of mineral spirits without causing any damage to the art.

The market planned a dedication for the new mural Saturday but postponed the ceremony due to weather.

Check Kent Patch for updates to this story.

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Patricia October 28, 2012 at 06:13 PM
What a shame that someone has so little respect for all the hard work that was done to do this beautiful mural for our market. I sure hope it cleans up without any damage to it,
Fritz Seefeldt October 28, 2012 at 07:14 PM
This mural is truly a work of art and of love by Elaine and the Kent community. My heart breaks to know that someone could have such little care for this monumental endeavor. I along with many others from the community helped Elaine turn the Haymaker bridge into an object of beauty. Thankfully the art has been protected with a clear coat and will be restored as a lasting reminder of our farmers' market.
Concerned Neighbor October 28, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Time to set some motion cameras, in some key locations. Like deer hunter cameras, that can also notify a monitor of activity. Anyone caught spends 40 hours removing paint around town. Is also labeled a pain in society's ass, and forced to register as a jackass where ever they move for 10 years.
Fritz Seefeldt October 28, 2012 at 10:49 PM
I was down to the bridge this evening and saw the graffiti tag. It should be fairly easy to identify the person with the can of paint, he actually used his name. Apparently not the sharpest pencil in the box, this one!
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! October 28, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Wait, no one saw this coming?
Laurel Myers Hurst October 29, 2012 at 02:25 PM
1. They did see it coming (i.e. the mural is protected by a special coating), but it's still upsetting. 2. In the future, I hope the tagger doesn't get equal press with the muralist by displaying his/her "art" in photographs in the the media. If vandalism occurs, please, no photos! Anyone who wants to know or see can pay their respects in person.
Matt Fredmonsky October 29, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Laurel, we shared the photo with the hopes that someone could ID the tagger and report him to police for vandalism. The tag has already been removed from the bridge.

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