Appalachian State Public Artwork Vandalized

Appalachian State Public Artwork Vandalized

5:29pm Jul 26, 2021
Appalachian State University police are investigating the vandalism of the "Transit Candy" mural on campus. Image courtesy of Appalachian State University.

Appalachian State University officials are vowing to restore a public art piece to its original condition after it was vandalized earlier this month. 

The colorful “Transit Candy” mural runs down a staircase outside of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.

A section of the artwork was defaced this month. App State officials are working with campus police to investigate the incident.

A pair of Baltimore-based artists created the artwork on the 36-step flight of stairs last year. It consists of brightly hued lines inspired by textiles that run down the staircase ending in a fringe pattern like you might find on a rug.

Denise Ringler, director of the university’s office of arts engagement, says in a statement that it has become a beloved landmark on campus since its installation last year. 

She says the university is considering adding security cameras on the Turchin Center grounds.

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