With Colin Kaepernick's shadow rising above the NFL, it's not surprising that in the days leading up to Super Bowl LIII, an iconic mural with his character is no longer there. 19659003] The mural, which was painted in an abandoned building in Atlanta opposite the famous HBCU Morehouse College, was demolished on Friday as hundreds of thousands of sports fanatics poured into the city to attend the Super Bowl weekend.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, artist Fabian Williams decided to paint the mural depicting the former 49ers quarterback in a jersey from Atlanta Falcons to give Kaepernick a home. So far, the NFL has refused.
"I thought Atlanta was a perfect place for him because of our civil rights history," Williams said.
But if the building was the perfect place for him, why was the mural demolished?
"I happened to pass by when they did, and it took a minute for me to mentally realize it happened," Williams said. "Symbols are important to humans. You destroyed the whole building it was in? If I was an interpreter of performance art, what message would you take from it? "
The story of how he discovered the building is also interesting.
Williams, who sometimes paints under the name "Occasional Superstar", has painted murals and projects throughout the city. One day he drove through Atlanta when he was hit by the square, which is directly across the street from the Morehouse College basketball hall and about a mile from the Mercedes Benz Stadium.
The wall was used as advertising space Advertising for albums, parties and films. Williams never asked for permission to paint on the wall, and once met the owner of the building.
"He said he liked it," Williams said. "But he said the city had complained about it."
The building was also destroyed by fire about six months ago, but the mural remained uninjured. And with the Super Bowl in town, Williams planned to spend his weekend reworking the mural before the game.
"I thought they were going to tear down the building at some point, but it has been sitting down all the time. Williams said, "The fact that the Super Bowl is taking place here, and the weekend when the celebrations start, the building is being demolished, is very strange."
Despite this setback, Williams remains unperturbed just another Kaepernick mural painted on a wall on Peeples Street, but more recently another Nike-commissioned mural titled "Where Dreams Are Made" in Midtown at the side of the Westside Cultural Arts Center.