Iconic ‘Love’ mural removed from 24th and Lake

It was what many considered a symbol of hope for 24th and Lake, but now the “Love” mural on the former Preston Love Music Center is gone. It is the mural that launched Aaryon Bird Williams as an artist. “Now that you’ve done this project, you can market yourself. So I started from there,” Williams said. He encouraged him to become a nationally recognized muralist, so he said it was gone, cut deep. “It was like I lost a family member or lost a child or, you know, it was something I’ve always referred to, wherever I’ve been all over the world, I pull out that picture, I showed people that piece of work “I was very proud of it,” Williams said. A piece created by visual artist Cey Adams with the help of local talent in 2015. “It took a whole community of people to put energy into that, and that energy was still there. And it was positive energy,” he said. he. One word painting on the former Preston Love Jazz and Arts Center, capturing the future hopes for North Omaha and paying tribute to the past. “That community of art is really their greatest piece. You know from Preston’s love to this point, the art is what makes North Omaha, North Omaha it’s what makes Omaha,” Williams said. Aside from the red and yellow paint, Williams said it’s about preserving a legacy. “As a muralist, that’s what you leave behind, your murals are a thing and it’s part of your existence,” he said. In a statement, Deputy City Planning Director William Lukash said: “The iconic ‘Love’ mural had to be removed.” Lukash said, “The building had water damage.” He went on to say, “The water corroded the mortar between the stones where the mural was painted.” If left untreated, “it could have compromised the integrity of the wall itself,” Lukash said. Originally built in 1910, it is now the future venue for the North Omaha Music and Arts Academy. “Buildings on our 24th Street, many of them are not here, for the same reasons that the elements can endanger this building,” said Executive Director Dana Murray. He said Noma doesn’t actually own the building yet so it wasn’t up to them, but eventually the building had to be saved. “This is city property. I think some people think NOMA is already in the building. We’re not really in the building,” Murray said. He admits he could have communicated better why the mural was removed, but said it is now a blank canvas for the future. “I think it might be nice to open it up to the community to say what ideas you have. And we pick something that best represents the community and the organization,” Murray said. Preparing for the next generation of artists: “Music, art, dance culture. It’s the core of what most black people stand for, just culturally, that’s what we grow up with,” Murray said.

It was what many considered a symbol of hope for 24th and Lake, but now the “Love” mural on the former Preston Love Music Center is gone.

It is the mural that launched Aaryon Bird Williams as an artist.

“Now that you’ve done this project, you can market yourself. So I started from there,” Williams said.

He encouraged him to become a nationally recognized muralist, so he said it was gone, cut deep.

“It was like I lost a family member or lost a child or, you know, it was something I’ve always referred to, wherever I’ve been all over the world, I pull out that picture, I showed people that piece of work “I was very proud of it,” Williams said.

A piece created by visual artist Cey Adams with the help of local talent in 2015.

“It took a whole community of people to put their energy into that, and that energy was still there. And it was positive energy,” he said.

One word painting on the former Preston Love Jazz and Arts Center, capturing the future hopes for North Omaha and paying tribute to the past.

“That community of art is really their greatest piece. You know from Preston’s love to this point, the art is what makes North Omaha, North Omaha it’s what makes Omaha,” Williams said.

Aside from the red and yellow paint, Williams said it’s about preserving a legacy.

“As a muralist, that’s what you leave behind, your murals are a thing and it’s part of your existence,” he said.

In a statement, Deputy City Planning Director William Lukash said: “The iconic ‘Love’ mural had to be removed.”

Lukash said, “The building had water damage.” He went on to say, “The water corroded the mortar between the stones where the mural was painted.”

If left untreated, “it could have compromised the integrity of the wall itself,” Lukash said.

Originally built in 1910, it is now the future venue for the North Omaha Music and Arts Academy.

“Buildings on our 24th Street, many of them are not here, for the same reasons that the elements can endanger this building,” said Executive Director Dana Murray.

He said Noma doesn’t actually own the building yet so it wasn’t up to them, but eventually the building had to be saved.

“This is city property. I think some people think NOMA is already in the building. We’re not really in the building,” Murray said.

He admits he could have communicated better why the mural was removed, but said it is now a blank canvas for the future.

“I think it might be nice to open it up to the community to say what ideas you have. And we pick something that best represents the community and the organization,” Murray said.

Preparing for the next generation of artists: “Music, art, dance culture. It’s the core of what most black people stand for, just culturally, that’s what we grow up with,” Murray said.

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