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Vandal Graffitis Sanctuaria's New Mural, Artist Responds Beautifully

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Sean Collins
Faring Purth's mural on Sanctuaria after it was vandalized.
This is why we can't have nice things.

Some idiot vandalized the latest work from new-to-St. Louis artist Faring Purth Thursday. Owners at Sanctuaria in the Grove commissioned Purth to create a mural on the restaurant's east-facing wall, near their new outdoor conservatory, after she completed her larger-than-life, haunting painting of a woman at Cherokee Street and Jefferson Avenue.

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Allison Babka
Purth's mural before the vandalism.
Purth, a nationally-renowned artist and painter, landed in St. Louis in early 2014 after spending years traveling. Purth has said she found her way to Cherokee Street, developed deep connections with new friends and decided to settle down in the Lou indefinitely.

See also: PHOTOS: Faring Purth's Completed Cherokee Street Mural Is Haunting, Eerily Beautiful

But after she began her new work on Sanctuaria's patio, someone thought it'd be hilarious to graffiti her still-in-progress mural with a string of explicit words: "ass to mouth dick suck lick ball$"

The vandalism seems designed to shock passers-by with its vulgarity, but it just looks juvenile and desperate when juxtaposed against the evocative, black-and-white female figure Purth is slowly bringing to life.

Purth, who's seen her work defaced before, isn't granting media interviews before the work is complete, but on Facebook, she assured fans that she's not letting the vandalism get to her, saying she would not "privilege hate with hate:"


Back to work, indeed.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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Sanctuaria

4198 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO

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28 comments
katiesmom710
katiesmom710

I grew up right around the corner from that very site.  Moved to Dallas many years ago, but St. Louis news is breaking my heart right now...

Donna Foley
Donna Foley

Cuz if its STL some people have no respect for nice stuff.

Katie Trudo Schwab
Katie Trudo Schwab

Just saw this last Tuesday passing by and thought it looked beautiful. So sad someone would deface it.

Karen Hall
Karen Hall

Shame on you defacing someones art.!

Rick Firestein
Rick Firestein

Aren't there security cameras that would have caught the what I'm sure were ghetto rats defacing it?

jealousblues1
jealousblues1 topcommenter

jfc people.  This is why you cant have nice things here :-(


I dont think anything was inherently homoerotic though. 

Deb Woods
Deb Woods

This sucks! What is the matter with people?! These murals are the only art I can "have" right now as I am a broke grad student. I took a picture of the beautiful one down on Cherokee and then framed it with a frame from Goodwill. Don't crap on beautiful things, people!

Micheal Cochran
Micheal Cochran

Suck dick lick balls guess mike brown was a down low brotha lhh...

Corey Donaldson
Corey Donaldson

If somebody vandalized something dear to me, then getting my "point" across would be the last thing on my mind. You honestly think whoever did this will ever even know she said that? Lol

Laura Coppinger
Laura Coppinger

A classy response from a gifted artist. Looking forward to seeing the finished product. Her work is beautiful!

Tim Corkill
Tim Corkill

So a graffiti artist has been heckled..curious

Jodi Fox
Jodi Fox

I guess it is all this BS that keeps me home on weekends instead of heading to St. Louis to have fun.

Donald NA
Donald NA

Time to ban spray paint sales in the city limits. It has worked well in cities like Chicago.

Corey Donaldson
Corey Donaldson

A facebook post? That's how she got them back? Hmm how about a surveillance camera?

Jason Kanzler
Jason Kanzler

why am I not surprised the vandal couldn't even formulate a complete sentence

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