L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Halts Removal of Foster the People Mural (Video)

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Fan-generagted petition receives thousands of signatures, prevents painting over of "Supermodel."

In the final hours before it was to be painted over, Foster the People received word from the office of Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti that their "Supermodel" mural would not be covered up as scheduled yesterday, only six months after its creation. After a Los Angeles Times story spread word of the mural’s impending removal last Friday, a fan named Johanna Maria started a Change.org petition that was signed nearly 12,000 times over the weekend and caught the attention of Garcetti’s office. Garcetti was able to intervene and preserve the mural, the band learned late Sunday night.

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“Thank you Eric Garcetti for listening and intervening on such short notice," says Foster the People frontman Mark Foster. “Thank you Los Angeles Times for covering the story. Most of all, thank you to all of you who signed the petition and helped spread the word! You surprised everyone and saved this mural.”

The band invited fans to the downtown Los Angeles site for a celebration yesterday, wehre they were given limited-edition, screen-printed posters of the mural and interviewed by a film crew  there to document their thoughts on the mural, art, their history with L.A., music, and community.

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The mural was created by Mark Foster and artist Young & Sick and painted by L.A. street artists Daniel Lahoda, Leba and Vyal. At seven stories high, it is one of the largest public murals in the United States. The band played a free show at the base of the mural in January to announce the release of Supermodel. Watch a ime-lapse video of the creation of the mural below.

Foster the People are currently touring the world in support of the release of Supermodel.