A mural made in honor of the late Queen of Soul was “splattered by paint left in a cherry picker.”
Aretha Franklin's death left an indelible sense of loss in fans and peers of the iconic musician across the world. Her hometown of Detroit, Michigan has been the location for a number of tributes, including a museum exhibit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. A mural painted as an homage to Aretha was regrettably vandalized this past Satrday.
The mural was made by Richard Wilson, a London based artist. Located on a Detroit city wall, the artwork was damaged overnight by paint that was left in a cherry picker. Wilson told the Detroit Free Press, “I finished it yesterday evening … all happy….I came back this morning just to tidy up a bit, check if there’s anything I missed or anything." Upon returning to the location of the mural, Wilson discovered that it had been sabotaged. “It’s like they had a paint party here, and it’s just splattered all over the place,” he said.
Aleanna Siacon of the Detriot Free Press tweeted a video of Wilson cleaning up the mural captioning the post, "Richard Wilson, a London-based artist in Detroit for #MuralsInTheMarket, is fixing up his mural featuring Aretha Franklin and other famous Detroit records after it was splattered by paint left in a cherry picker and inadvertently vandalized overnight." Despite the damage to the mural, Wilson was able to restore the artwork by September 30th.