The repainted mural
Arts enthusiast Catherine DeVine came up with an idea to put a poetic spin on the controversial project as a way of keeping the original design of the mural intact. More than happy to oblige, a poem consisting of enough words to insert into each space in violation of Carrboro's sign ordinance, was written by Carrboro's Poet Laureate, Patrick Herron, and titled "I Am Not A Wall." Herron dedicated the poem to Carrboro Mayor Mike Nelson, a strong supporter of the arts and current board liason to the Carrboro Art Committee.
It was the desire of the Art Committee to leave as much of the original mural as was possible. Most of the art was left undisturbed with only business names or logos containing names revised. Words are painted into each spot that needed revision. Each of these spots is numbered to help piece together the puzzle that makes up the poem.
The original completed mural
A resolution was passed in May to extend the deadline imposed for completing the repainting to September 28, 2003, a year after the original creation. The repainting, which was done by the original mural coordinator, artist Emily Weinstein, took longer than stipulated in the resolution, but is now in compliance with local sign ordinances.
The mural is located at 105 East Main St., behind the Carrboro Century Center, on the side of Jade Palace restaurant.
I Am Not A Wall
for Mike Nelson
I have been.
I am sprung
By Patrick Herron
Copyrighted © 2004
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