In the first few days of June, street artist Emma Berger (Flat Rabbit Studio) painted a huge mural labeled “Black Lives Matter” on temporary protective panels in front of the Apple Store in Portland. Apple had put up its signs to protect the shop windows and the anti-racist demonstrations had brought their share of thugs. The fresco represents the unfortunate George Floyd, but also portraits of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.
The latter’s faces are less familiar than Floyd’s, and yet … Breonna Taylor was a 26-year-old African American medic … was shot dead by police in Louisville, Kentucky while she was sleeping in her home. Ahmaud Arbery was a 25-year-old African American who was hunted by white supremacists and shot while jogging in Georgia.
Apple says it will place protective plywood over the Black Lives Matter murals in its downtown Portland store today to hold the historic artwork “for future donations.” “”
The company says it will reveal details of its long-term plans for the murals in early 2021. Pic.twitter.com/kKsDWIylfI
– Mike Rogoway (@rogoway) December 23, 2020
According to multiple sources, Apple decided to keep the BLM mural and later donate it to a charity (or a museum?).