ROCHESTER, Minn. - The death of George Floyd has sparked an outpouring of emotion. One artist teamed up with Mayor Kim Norton and the Rochester community to create a tribute to Floyd in the form of a mural at Soldiers Field Park. But the mural got vandalized.
Artist Willow Gentile created a mural with the Rochester community to spark unity during a time of divisiveness. Her heart dropped when she saw it vandalized.
"It's so heartwrenching to see all your hard work - you put in - you got a whole group together - we were so excited - and there's all this positivity - to have that - is really like a slap in the face," Gentile said.
For Gentile, vandalism emphasizes how divided the world is.
"Even just a piece of artwork that is just about joy is for some reason - conflicting for people - and they feel like - they can't have that," Gentile said.
That's why Gentile is bringing people together for another community painting session - to end on a high note.
"We need so many more positives to combat that negative. I hope people realize you really need to stick together to make actions really stay present," Gentile said.
Mayor Kim Norton and Gentile both say - as far as they know - there won't be an investigation into the vandalism. Norton says she's sad someone would do this - but wants the effort to end on a high note. This Friday - the community is invited for a painting session to bring the mural back. It's set from 2 to 5 p.m.