Social-media backlash meets suggestion mural under Granville Bridge should be "decommissioned"

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      Social media is abuzz today about announced plans to "decommission" the mural under the Granville Street Bridge at West 4th Avenue and Anderson Street.

      On Facebook, artist Corey Bulpitt has posted a notice from the City that, as part of its Indigenous Artist Call, it wants to "produce a series of murals" and one of the sites identified is the wall under the bridge where Bulpitt, Larissa Healey, Billy St-John, and Amie Milot created And the Raven Brought the Light in 2008. 

      In the book Public Art in Vancouver: Angels Among Lions, authors John Steil and Aileen Stalker call the large, stylized raven "one of the more spectacular First Nations-themed murals in the city". The city of Vancouver's Graffiti Management Program sponsored the mural.

      In his post, Bulpitt asks, "Why not create more indigenous representational space instead of going over one of the first large native spraypainted pieces in the city?"

      The public support for the mural as it stands has come from artists including Sonny Assu and Richard Tetrault, as well as other members of the public.

      The mural is considered a Haida work, while there has been a push for more local Salish representation from the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations in the city. But Bulpitt's supporters are expressing frustration that the city would consider that at the expense of this art.