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Artwork in Indy’s Fountain Square will remain

Art reading,“SAMO©… AS A WELL KNOWN BRAND IN EVERY TOWN ACROSS THE LAND.” is written on the outside of the Dugout Bar in the Fountain Square area of Indianapolis, August 29, 2019. The artwork was the July creation of New York based artist Al Diaz, who was a friend of the late artist Jean Michel Basquiat, in collaboration with Indianapolis artist Matthew Aaron, according to a story on Wish Channel 8’s website. The city of Indianapolis ordered the work be covered up after receiving a complaint, but later revoked the order. The Indianapolis Arts Council said after hearing from the Indianapolis mayor’s office, ““they now understand the context of the mural, the artist, the graphics, etc.” according to a comment Aaron posted on Facebook. The work can be viewed from the street outside The Dugout. Recently California artist Jules Ruck, AKA Muck Rock, made a mural of basketball player Larry Bird that stirred a controversy when it depicted Bird covered in tattoos, and the work was later changed to remove the tattoos. Public murals, and art works, have been a part of the Indianapolis art landscape since at least the early 1990s. A photo gallery below contains images of the work by Diaz and Aaron, as well as a selection of murals by Muck Rock. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

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