A graffiti mural has been painted over at a Centralia, Georgia, strip mall, and has attracted local attention.
The mural was commissioned by local artist and artist-in-residence James Mathers, who said the work was inspired by his father’s work in the 1980s.
Mather said he wanted to pay tribute to his father and his grandparents, who were born in the town.
He said his artwork is inspired by Centralia’s legacy of resistance and community involvement.
The original mural was done in the late 1990s, but Mr Mather told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he wanted the work to be seen in a different light.
“It’s just the history of Centralia that I think is so interesting,” he said.
Mr Marys said he felt the work would be seen as part of a larger campaign of protest against the closure of a new mall in Centralia.
“I wanted to do something a little bit more provocative, I wanted to try to push the boundaries of what was going on,” he added.
Mr O’Connor said the mural would likely be in place for the next few months.
“This is definitely something we’ll have to think about a little while longer,” he told Today.
We just have to keep moving and keep making the art.””
We have some friends who are artists and we’ve been friends with them for a while.”
We just have to keep moving and keep making the art.