Du Bois mural on Carr Hardware wall must make way for repairs

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GREAT BARRINGTON -- In a few short years, it had become a downtown icon.

But on Wednesday, a mural celebrating the life and work of Great Barrington native and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois was covered over with brown stucco.

Painted in the Taconic parking lot on the side of Carr Hardware, the store's vice president, Bart Raser, said the work was necessary to shore up the wall, which was literally crumbling.

The colorful, cartoon-style mural was painted two years ago in an effort spearheaded by the Railroad Street Youth Project. It replaced a seven-year-old mural celebrating Du Bois.

It was no surprise to the group that the mural would one day come down. RSYP organizers had been informed by Carr Hardware from the beginning that the wall needed work.

"The artist knew -- his comment was, ‘It's street art,' " Raser said.

Both Raser and RSYP executive director Ananda Timpane said they're open to a future collaboration on yet another mural.

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