THE CITY’S CONTROVERSIAL PAST
BUT NOW TURNED INTO A MODERN-DAY
BUZZ.>>I LOVE IT. LOWELL: IT HAS BECOME QUITE THE
TOURIST ATTRACTION DOWNTOWN, A
MURAL DEPICTING A BROTHEL THAT
OPERATED IN THE CITY BACK IN THE
EARLY 1900S.>>A GOT A LOT OF ATTENTION, A
LOT OF ATTENTION BOTH POSITIVE
AND NEGATIVE. LOWELL: HE HAD ALREADY PAINTED
SOME EUROS AROUND TOWN FROM THE
SAME TIME BUT SOME SAY HE MAY
HAVE GONE A LITTLE TOO FAR.>>I GUESS I WANTED IT TO BE
EDGY, BUT ALSO REALISTIC. LOWELL: THEY WERE A COUPLE OF
WINDOW SCENES THAT WERE TOO
RISQUE FOR TV CAUSING A SOCIAL
MEDIA STORM OF POSITIVES AND
NEGATIVES. WE HEARD IT FROM ONLOOKERS.>>I DON’T LIKE IT AREA THIS IS
OUR TOWN, THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE
AND CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN,
I DON’T LIKE IT. IT IS NOT APPROPRIATE.>>IT IS BEAUTIFUL, I LOVE IT. IT’S LIKE SOMETHING DIFFERENT ON
THE WALL. I HAVE BEEN HERE 12 YEARS. SOMETHING NICE TO LOOK AT. LOWELL: THE PAINTING CAUGHT THE
EYE OF CITY HALL.>>WE HAVE OUR ART CRITIC. LOWELL: IT IS A DESIGNATED ARTS
AND ENTERTINMENT DISTRICT IN
THE STATE AND HE SUPPORTS THE
MURAL. WHY HE DID ASK WHILE HE DID NOT
GET INVOLVED HE SAID THE ART
FINANCER WERE ABLE TO WORK
SOMETHING OUT TO TONE IT DOWN.>>IT IS PART OF HISTORY AND WE
TOOK FROM WHAT PEOPLE DID NOT
LIKE AND TOOK CARE OF IT. THERE IS MORE GOOD THAN BAD. LOWELL: HE SAID HE WOULD LIKE TO
KEEP THE ORIGINAL UP BUT IS OK
WITH CHANGES.>>WE DID NOT WANT TO UPSET
ANYONE BUT IT IS IMPORTANT TO
ACCURATELY PORTRAY OUR HISTORY. AND NOT ACT LIKE IT DID NOT
EXIST. LOWELL: HE WILL CONTINUE
PAINTING MURALS LIKE THIS ONE
DEPICTING THE HORSE RACING PAST
WHILE IT’S O