Artist, organization behind Lexington mural respond to it being covered

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- The artist and arts organization behind a controversial new mural in Lexington are speaking out after part of the piece on a West Short Street building was painted over.

“Free speech isn’t a thing in Trump territory,” New York artist Elle shared Wednesday on Facebook after finding out someone painted over her work.

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That man told ABC 36 the owner of the building asked him to do it because he felt it was in everyone’s best interest to alter it.

“I’m grateful that the dude who painted over the text on my painting did so respectfully in not painting over the artwork-so I guess if it was gonna happen it happened in the best way possible,” Elle wrote.

The Lexington art organization Prhbtn, which brought Elle in to paint the mural, says it supports the building owner’s decision to paint over the phrase.



“The slogan included in Elle’s mural is constitutionally protected speech and we stand behind each and every one of our artists and Elle is no exception. We will never be afraid to speak out against racism, misogyny, xenophobia, bullying, and all other forms of hatred,” a statement from the group added.