The owner of the building that hosted the Inside/Out Project mural installed in November of last year has changed their mind concerning the installation being located on their wall.
The project was spearheaded by JR, an award-winning artist that is visiting 35 cities across the country to wheat paste portraits of community members on large walls in solidarity with the DREAM Act – a legislative proposal that qualifies alien minors for conditional residency in the United States.
The two-day event saw over 400 participants arrive to have their portraits taken and installed on the northern side of the building that houses J. Bauman Salon in Mills 50, including shots of public figures like Mayor Buddy Dyer, Commissioner Patty Sheehan, and Terry Olson, Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs. Too many participants attended the event to have their portraits be placed that same day, which forced hosting organization SNAP Space to announce that the portraits would be installed over a longer period of time as older ones needed to be replaced.
That plan has been discarded now, according to a statement made by SNAP organizers on their Facebook page early Friday morning.
SNAP organizers told Bungalower that they felt since the project was a hands-on collaboration with JR, IOP, and the Emerson Collective, they did not feel they could install the remaining portraits in another location without them there in attendance.
As stated in the above caption, the mural will be pressure washed off the building on Sunday, January 7. If your portrait was not installed, you are encouraged to come collect it in person that day between the hours of noon and 4 p.m. at the J. Bauman Salon parking lot, located at 1043 N. Mills Avenue [GMap].