1658 Columbia Road, NW
From the artist:
I want to let you know that the Potter’s House Mural, “The Light of the World,” is gone. It was painted over with beige paint today Tuesday October 13, 2014 between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. The first coat was applied at around 1:00 pm and the second coat was applied between 3:00 and 4:00 pm.
I just want to say thank you to all the people who supported the mural. Thank you for your letters of support and your gracious comments supporting the preservation of the mural. I guess all of these signs of support and appreciation were not enough to save it. However, I am very thankful to all of you for your support! Thanks to all of you who signed the electronic petition and the paper petition and who gave me moral support. There was not a day that went by without a person stopping me on Columbia Road or calling me on the phone or emailing me, asking me about the status of the mural and giving me words of encouragement and telling me they hoped the mural would stay. This means a lot to me! I feel very thankful to have seen all of these signs of support and appreciation.
I did delivered the electronic petition and the comments in favor of preserving the mural to the President of the Board of Directors and asked her to give it to all the Board Members. They told me that all the board members got the package with the comments of the petition and that they would review it. They even formed a committee to review the decision on the mural.
But now the mural is gone.
From the bottom of my heart, Thank you so very much for all your support! Thanks to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for their letter of support. (I delivered your letter to the Board of Directors of the Potter’s House). Thanks to all the newspapers who wrote articles about the Potter’s House Mural! Thanks to John Carter for your wonderful letter of Support and to all who wrote letters!
I will make a postcard with the picture of the mural to remember the image of the candle. The mural served a good purpose, which was to bring joy to people and they told me that the mural touched the hearts of people, so in that regard, I am glad and I am content that my purpose as an artist was fulfilled. I will post videos of the mural on my website www.Karlisima.com very soon. Thank you all! May God bless you all! And may the Universal Light keep shining on, in our hearts. May the Light prevail forever.
Truly yours, a friend and a servant of the arts,
-Karlisima Rodas – Israel”
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