Your Afternoon Nostalgia – Madreselva on 14th Street

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“Dear PoPville,

There used to be a mural on 14th street, before 2012 I believe, of two people kissing an apple and it said something like “you are the apple of my eye”. I wanted to ask if you or anyone knew who the artist was.”

Update from OP: “Larry Mullins painted it 21ish years ago. he lives in LA now. The mural is called Madreselva (Spanish for honeysuckle) and its says LOVERS on the sides and MADRESELVA under the image of the 2 kissing the apple”

Ed. Note: This was the iconic mural removed in 2013 on the side of 1830 14th Street, NW the former home of L and N thrift store, [email protected] gallery and now home to Amsterdam Falafel, a couple blocks south of U Street.

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  • Wow, thanks for the flashback. I remember that mural, it was one of my favorite things on 14th St. back when that stretch was still a bit rough around the edges.

  • nightborn

    I’ve lived a couple of blocks away for over 8 years and I was so sad when I saw they were painting over this mural! I always just loved walking by it. Now it’s a sad charcoal gray wall with no personality.

  • I think I remember it from as early as 1992. It remained a lot longer than I ever expected it to. And seemed remarkably un-tagged, as well.

  • Wonderful art. Sad it was removed.
    Now DC is sponsoring muralists to do walls on buildings.

  • That was here until about 2014. It isn’t my taste at all, but seeing it again reminds me of the old 14th Street.

  • My ex and I commissioned that artist to do a piece for us back in the early 90s. His working name was Mujubu (or something like that).

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