The mural in Terra Linda that honors Breonna Taylor, a Black medical worker shot by police in a raid on her house in Kentucky, will be replaced with a piece of public art entitled “Regeneration.”
The San Rafael City Council made the call this month. The Taylor mural had become too controversial, the Council reasoned. The new art will be installed in the fall.
Taylor was killed in a botched raid on her home by Louisville police in March 2020. Her death became a symbol of Black angst expressed against American law enforcement.
The Terra Linda mural in Arbor Park was torn down by a protester, then restored again. The city removed the mural and started a process by which a piece of public art expressing similar ideas would replace it.
The city collaborated with Youth in Arts and the San Rafael Social Justice Community Art Group. The city and Marin County kicked in $10,000 each for the “Regeneration” project.
Orin Carpenter presented“Regeneration” to the City Council. He told the Council that the mural represents concepts around the words, “Liberty, Freedom, and Justice.”
The replacement art contains flowers prominently with figures said to represent Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and the Miwok tribe.