New Mural Painted to Honor George Floyd

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Mural painting on the side of EOS Lounge at 500 Anacapa Street (Photo: edhat reader)

By edhat staff

Local artists are painting a new mural on the side of EOS Lounge to honor George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement.

The art piece was designed by Griffin Lounsbury, a multi-media artist in Santa Barbara, and assisted by local tattoo artist Chad Green. It's located in the 500 block of Anacapa Street and depicts a profile of Floyd with the words "Please, I Can't Breathe."

Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old Black man, was murdered by four police officers on Thursday. While Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on a city street during an arrest, a white police officer kept his knee on the right side of Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Floyd was unresponsive for the last 2 minutes and 53 seconds.

Several bystanders recorded the event on their phones with one video showing Floyd repeating "Please" and "I can't breathe." The murder sparked outrage in Minneapolis that rapidly spread throughout the United States and eventually overseas with marches, protests, and rallies. 

The local chapter of Black Lives Matter held a peaceful rally on Sunday against police brutality with nearly 3,000 attendees. During the march, the Santa Barbara Police Department taped off the 200 block of E. Figueroa Street where the department is located and stationed approximately twenty officers in riot gear near the intersection.

The protest leaders repeatedly stated this was a peaceful demonstration and asked the officers, as well as Mayor Cathy Murillo, to kneel in solidarity. They all declined.

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a-1591249914 Jun 03, 2020 10:51 PM
New Mural Painted to Honor George Floyd

For those having a heart attack (“how DARE they make art without asking the city’s permission?!”), go read the Independent. The artists are already planning on painting over the mural in a few weeks. There, now you can go whine on some other thread...

mp805 Jun 02, 2020 08:08 PM
New Mural Painted to Honor George Floyd

what about David Dorn? He was shot by looters last night trying to protect a business. The looters filmed it on facebook live. If you haven't seen it look it up...Where is the mural for David Dorn?

Ahchooo Jun 02, 2020 08:04 PM
New Mural Painted to Honor George Floyd

I’m not saying we shouldn’t have had protests and murals for Ms Damond, but the George Floyd murder is different in that it was viewed for nearly nine minutes as it happened and could have been prevented. Ms Damond should not have been shot. But she was not shot for nine minutes on end on video, with four sworn officers willfully participating and onlookers begging for the officers to stop.

Lem4058 Jun 02, 2020 03:31 PM
New Mural Painted to Honor George Floyd

I love it. I live 2 blocks away, and spent some time with Fido this morning checking it out. Lots of serious white men of a certain age (and facial hair) pulled up quickly to takes pics and then peal outta there. I like the addition to the neighborhood.

Shmonk Jun 02, 2020 03:11 PM
New Mural Painted to Honor George Floyd

If you are complaining about city ordinances and city rules regarding this beautiful mural you are part of the problem! Stand up for something!

a-1591136694 Jun 02, 2020 03:24 PM
New Mural Painted to Honor George Floyd

We are standing up for something. A planned vision of architectural standards and following the rules for development.

Alexblue Jun 02, 2020 02:33 PM
New Mural Painted to Honor George Floyd

For all you good and civic minded folks breaking an ankle to get to the ordinances relevant to painting a mural on the side of a building--

Maybe they did it without a permit. Sometimes, extraordinary times require extraordinary actions that may even be illegal. The law is never an excuse to support something that hurts people or by the action of following such law allows a person to be injured.

This doesn't rise to that level, it's not jaywalking to help someone having a heart attack. But it's the same realm.

So take all your rule rage and permit concern and maybe channel it to something that actually matters.

Alexblue Jun 03, 2020 08:56 AM
New Mural Painted to Honor George Floyd

If you honestly don't understand the point I'm making, just let me know and I will give you an honest explanation.

I'm not interested in the typical Edhat snark and point scoring.

Get over it Jun 02, 2020 07:18 PM
New Mural Painted to Honor George Floyd

@Alex Really? "The law is never an excuse to support something that hurts people" So you're talking about a mural illegally placed on the side of a commercial building, correct? Please tell me I read that wrong.

a-1591126660 Jun 02, 2020 12:37 PM
New Mural Painted to Honor George Floyd

"You deplore the demonstrations taking place in Birmingham. But your statement, I am sorry to say, fails to express a similar concern for the conditions that brought about the demonstrations. I am sure that none of you would want to rest content with the superficial kind of social analysis that deals merely with effects and does not grapple with underlying causes. It is unfortunate that demonstrations are taking place in Birmingham, but it is even more unfortunate that the city's white power structure left the Negro community with no alternative." [MLK, Letter from a Birmingham Jail]

a-1591126461 Jun 02, 2020 12:34 PM
New Mural Painted to Honor George Floyd

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial 'outside agitator' idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds." [MLK, Letter from a Birmingham Jail]

sacjon Jun 02, 2020 11:37 AM
New Mural Painted to Honor George Floyd

Interesting how many so called "conservatives" are here complaining about the permit process and how the artists didn't follow the rules (ie government red tape) for painting. I mean, you guys are the same folks who are usually whining about their being too MUCH bureaucracy, right? Well, which is it? More government intervention in the arts, or less government intervention in the way we chose to live our lives (ie, taxes, regulation, etc)? You don't get both.

Get over it Jun 02, 2020 07:08 PM
New Mural Painted to Honor George Floyd

@ Sac Seriously? Based on your posts, you're smarter than that. Conservatives, or at least myself, Believe in less regulation, less government, and yes an easier permitting process among other things.
That doesn't mean you can ignore the laws our government has imposed on us! We may not agree, but follow the rules!

Chip of SB Jun 02, 2020 03:57 PM
New Mural Painted to Honor George Floyd

3:34 - I think you have really helped highlight the difference between the "left" and the "right" today. The "left" tends to prefer regulation and centralized planning, and values conformity. By contrast, the "right" values individuality and encourages free expression.


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