“That tag was not by anyone from the neighborhood.”
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On November 6, Gloria Muriel received news that a mural she painted in City Heights was restored to original by a “mysterious master restoration artist.” It originally took her and Tijuana-based artist Alonso Delgadillo about six hours to paint the wall located next to Ocean Discovery Institute in City Heights (on Thorn Street); two weeks ago it took a tagger seconds to deface the duo’s 25-30 foot by 8-foot mural.

“The restorers did a pretty good job, because they blended the face.”

“The taggers used shitty paint,” she said on a November 8 interview, “and we used 94 Montana spray paint.”

Muriel and Delgadillo’s mural is predominantly aqua in color with cacti patterns surrounding Muriel’s signature face rendition in the middle — which was tagged over with a letter “s.”

Clairemont resident Muriel was planning to come back this week to restore the tagged-piece herself.

“The restorers did a pretty good job, because they blended the face,” she said.

Clairemont resident Muriel was planning to come back this week to restore the tagged-piece herself but the surprise restoration “saved me so much time and if it was going to be a hard fix: I was going to redo a new one.”

“You are awesome whoever you are,” she said. “This was a happy surprise …. I never experienced someone fixing a tagged mural before.”

I spoke to a former City Heights-based tagger that currently paints large murals legally. “That tag was not by anyone from the neighborhood,” he said. “I asked around and no one made that tag from the [local] gang — it looks staged.”

“That’s so cute,” Muriel said, “like I did it on purpose? That’s hilarious.”

Muriel has painted more than 50 murals throughout San Diego, Los Angeles, the Bay Area and Mexico — and she provides paint-workshops to children.

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Wabbitsd Nov. 15, 2018 @ 1:39 p.m.

oh, for crying out loud. Not every urban city area needs to reflect mexican or Black history. There should not be those boundaries on art. Who commissioned the original painting? It should be their choice as well.

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