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Foster the People’s Los Angeles Mural to Be Painted Over — For Real, This Time

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Courtesy Mark Foster

Courtesy Mark Foster

By Nadia Noir

Unintentionally and despite previous reports to the contrary, Foster the People have broken a law or two with their epically large mural in celebration of their sophomore album, Supermodel.

Decorating the dull facade of the Santa Fe Lofts in Downtown Los Angeles, the mural was recently slotted to be painted over after it was decided that Foster the People painted it without the proper permissions. Foster the People tweeted their fans, who subsequently made a petition, and then Mayor Eric Garcetti declared that the mural at 539 S. Los Angeles Street was staying put.

However, a joint statement just came out from Garcetti, Foster the People, and Capital Foresight that said the Santa Fe Lofts are a “State Historic Building that receives tax credits for maintaining original design features under the Mills Act.”

“It is necessary to remove the mural to return this historic property to its original state,” continued the statement.

Luckily, the statement also announced that another mural would be erected in a different, long term location sometime down the road.

“We all agree that public art is part of what makes L.A. great, so the Mayor’s Office, Foster the People, and Capital Foresight have committed to working together to create a new mural in another downtown location that all Angelenos can enjoy for many years. Details of the mural will be revealed at a later date.”

Read Mark Foster’s letter to fans.

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