Wow, today on the bridge is this loaded question, aimed at the enduring painting for a student that died last semester:
I just wonder, what point was being made with this? Should we have more and longer-lasting public memorials for non-white, non-wealthy, non-popular students? Maybe we could give the painter the benefit of the doubt and assume they were trying to open an honest dialogue, but just did so too abrasively. It seems rather spiteful to me though. Can we just agree that no one wants to have student memorials at all, because death is made even more tragic when it strikes youth?
Someone must have thought this ruined the uplifting mood of the memorial, because only a couple hours later, it was painted completely white, waiting for a fresh start:
Only a few hours after that, I saw the west side was painted totally white as well:
It’s actually a pretty strange occurrence to have both sides of the bridge completely white and blank at the same time. I’ve never seen it before. Kind of reminds me of that old maxim: if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.
Momentarily distracted from talk about Beyonce causing or not causing power outages at the Super Bowl, the local Twitterverse picked up on this:
At the end of the day (literally), some students thought it best to use the fresh bridge canvas to make an appeal for love:
Update Feb 11: