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'Upsetting' Sandy Hook Mural Is No More

Newtown school covers image of dreamcatcher

(Newser) - A mural inside Newtown High School that paid tribute to victims of the Sandy Hook shooting rampage was created as a form of art therapy. But within two years, the administration became worried that despite its intentions, the painting of a dreamcatcher was upsetting some students. To address those concerns,... More »

Banksy's Newest Target: Tear Gas Used on Refugees

London mural takes shot at tactics allegedly used on refugees in France

(Newser) - Two giant sheets of plywood now cover Banksy's latest mural opposite the French embassy in London—though developers of the building it's spray-painted on say they're trying to keep it safe, the BBC reports. Never one to shy away from controversy, the artist borrowed the girl who... More »

Cops: Detroit Teens Murdered French Artist

Youngest suspect was 13 when Bilal Berreni killed

(Newser) - A French street artist who worked with Tunisian revolutionaries and Libyan refugees ended up dead after coming to work in Detroit, police say. Four suspects, all of them teenagers when Bilal Berreni was murdered in July last year, are accused of shooting the 23-year-old in the face and dumping his... More »

'Veiled' Mural Sparks Controversy in Boston

Is it a funny little boy or a 'terrorist'?

(Newser) - A giant mural in downtown Boston featuring a figure in a head covering is triggering a debate sparked by some city dwellers who find it menacing. The figure, painted by Brazilian artist twins Otavio and Gustafo Pandolfo, wears colorful clothing, including a headwrap that also covers the mouth. Residents complained... More »

Edvard Munch's Factory Murals Head for Sale

Dining-hall paintings show lighter side of Scream painter

(Newser) - The painter of The Scream was also an interior decorator of sorts: Edvard Munch painted a set of murals long displayed in the dining hall of an Oslo factory. Now, that canteen—currently owned by Kraft Foods—could be on its way to a sale, paintings included. Officials plan to... More »

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