It took just five weeks for a beautiful mural done in Vancouver’s Chinatown to be defaced with the usual bubble tags you see around the city.
The original work titled “Fu Lu Shou Xi” was created by Carolyn Wong and was located on the southeast corner of Main and Pender streets on the Ten Ren Tea & Ginseng Company.
Like much of Vancouver’s Chinatown, it is now vandalized.
The mural was created to increase cultural awareness in the neighborhood.
This is what the fresco looked like:
This is what it looks like now:
Lorraine Lowe is executive director of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and based on a tweet she posted about the latest Chinatown vandalism incident, she seems deflated.
— Lorraine Lowe (@lorrainelowe_) May 30, 2022
Daily Hive spoke to Lowe about the incident and she says it compromises community safety.
“TDeliberate and senseless vandalism is a symptom of a larger societal problem that we need to address,” she said.
“Graffiti weakens our community, the exact opposite of what this mural represented. There are marginalized elders who want to feel safe and respected in their own cultural community space.
On May 20, Vancouver’s Chinatown faced another vandalism situation, when the gates of the Chinese Cultural Center and Classical Chinese Gardens were defaced with “Shhh”, apparently in response to residents and business owners. who have raised their voices against the ongoing vandalism. .
It’s hard to imagine that the artist who created the original artwork would feel any differently about feeling disrespected after countless hours spent creating the mural.
Daily Hive spoke with Adrian Sinclair. He is the Director of Engagement for the Vancouver Mural Festival (VMF). Sinclair believes this is more than just a random act of vandalism.
“It’s part of a larger systemic challenge in the neighborhood.”
VMF does a lot of community outreach, and he said even graffiti artists are saddened by acts of vandalism like this.
He also said that while the outrage is understandable, if you really want to make a difference, you should go to Chinatown and support some of the businesses and restaurants, and soak up the culture.
Many murals are created with a vandal-resistant coating, and luckily this brand new mural in Vancouver’s Chinatown was too.
With files by Daniel Chai