The truth is, no one has $3 million. It’s the fact of the matter of our current economy. On the other hand, when we have recovered from this tragedy, we’re going to live to regret losing a great piece of services to history. Many people have reported on this loss but none have heard the voices of Native Americans. As an Anthropology graduate, I must say this breaks my heart.
Sure, you can go around saving everything. Some things are just designated to be dust at some point. However, saving the 300 year old mural that is inside the Church at Mission Dolores is something to think about. It was described as needing surgical maneuvers in order to restore it.
I was thinking to myself, with all of the lowbrow reality TV on the air, maybe this is something that could appeal to everyone. People really love murals these days and are big fans of graffiti. Why not have a show about spending a million dollars on preserving a really old mural?
In the back of every graffiti artist’s mind there is a part of them that knows this beautiful masterpiece they have created on a wall will someday come to an end. I think it would be great to spend the millions on preserving this 300 year old mural because it gives us all hope that someday the, someone would do the same for us if we really created something great.
Perhaps defending the honor of the 300 year old mural will inspire graffiti artists to only paint masterpieces everywhere. Then we will not need to pay so much for graffiti abatement. If every muralist painted a masterpiece no one would defile our property without leaving behind something that we can get a new mortgage out of.
Of course, there are other things to consider such as the fact that this is a rare piece of Native American art and history that will be lost forever in the near future. For more information about the mural at Mission Dolores from the perspective a Native American writer and Native American historian, click here.