Anti-Olympic paintings appear at site of removed Beatty Street murals By Travis Lupick

Stenciled paintings criticizing the 2010 Winter Olympics have appeared on a concrete wall on Beatty Street where a series of murals once existed.

The new paintings consist of the Olympic rings surrounded by text reading, “With glowing hearts we kill the arts”. The graffiti art appeared between Friday (January 8) and Monday (January 11).

The murals that once covered the wall were painted over by the City of Vancouver on December 23. Those paintings were commissioned by the Steve Nash Foundation in 2007 and were created by 16 artists under the direction of Milan Basic.

The wall borders a large parking lot at the corner of Georgia Street and Beatty Street that has been designated as an Olympic venue scheduled to be used for entertainment during the Games.

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~ by vanscene on January 11, 2010.

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