I stopped by Urban Outfitters in Hillcrest this morning to check out the damage caused to a mural by street artist Shepard Fairey.

The mural was part of a street art exhibition organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. It was graffitied at some point late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

Our new arts editor, Kelly Bennett, received this statement from Pedro Alonzo, the museum’s curator of the Viva La Revolucion exhibit:

“It is extremely disappointing to see this project defaced, but it is also a reminder of the emotions that public art can engender. Even though some may take issue with certain artistic expression, it is discouraging that they resort to vandalism to voice dissent.”

For more discussion on the tagging, check out Kelly’s Twitter feed at @kellyrbennett.

And, for more photos, check out the Culture Lust blog, hosted by KPBS’ Angela Carone.

— SAM HODGSON

Kelly Bennett

Kelly Bennett is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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