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New mural to be completed in Chinatown after backlash

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CALGARY (660 NEWS) – After a backlash of painting over a popular mural in downtown, a mural representing the Black Lives Matter movement will now be completed in Chinatown.

In July, Pink Flamingo announced they were going to paint over the 20-year-old “Give Wings to the Dream” mural on the old Calgary Urban Projects Society building.

However, the organization says after “an onslaught of racist vitriol and threats”, they decided to choose a new location.

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“Thanks to the generosity of some wonderful Calgarians, we are able to proceed this fall with an additional, privately funded mural project that we are extremely proud of,” Pink Flamingo said in an Instagram post.

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They are now partnering with artist Jae Sterling to complete a new mural in Chinatown in September.

‘The Guide & Protector’ mural will represent his vision for Black voices and Black artists in Canada.

After Sterling’s work during his sola art show Riding Horses with White Men, the organization “knew Jae had an incredible talent that needed to be shared with the world.”

New information on when the mural is to be completed will be released soon.