Denton City Council considering the removal of the mural above Andy’s Bar

Denton City Council considering the removal of the mural above Andy’s Bar

Denton City Council considering the removal of the mural above Andy’s Bar
December 06
00:33 2018

The Denton City Council is considering the removal of the mural painted above the entrance to Andy’s Bar, a music and bar venue located on the Denton Square. 

Gerard Hudspeth, who sits on the city council representing District 1, started a Twitter poll on Dec. 4, asking people for their input on what should be done to the mural.

People were given the option of “Leave it!,” “Paint over it,” or “I don’t care!” The final results of the poll had 266 votes: 80 percent for “Leave it!,” 7 percent for “Paint over it,” and 13 percent for “I don’t care!”

The hearings are being held because the owner of the bar allegedlydid not follow the procedure for getting permission to have the mural painted. Because the bar is located on the Square, the mural must get approval by the Denton Historic Landmark Commission.

“We’re going to leave it and make a decision after the design standard is in place, which should be in February,” Hudspeth said.

The mural, painted by muralist Dan Black, depicts a bird flying over a the desert. Black painted the mural in October of this year and has painted other murals around the city.

People have replied to Hudspeth’s poll tweet with a variety of reactions.

User @LocomotiveLib wrote, “I didn’t even notice the paint on the front until it became a discussion topic.”

The owner of Andy’s Bar is appealing to city council because the Denton Historic Landmark Commission had not approved another mural that was painted on the building.

Featured Image: Dan Black leans out of a boom lift to paint the exterior of Andy’s Bar facing Locust St. Trevor Seibert

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