For a brief time, their portraits, pasted on the support pillar for the BART, graced the street, but now that pillar has been stripped and repainted vanilla cream. The decision to scratch away these finely rendered beautiful portraits and repaint the pillar was, I think, unnecessarily aggressive and insensitive to the surrounding community.
Here's a thought. What if those so concerned that the support pillars remain virginal vanilla put as much effort into picking up the trash blowing under 'their' elevated tracks? Such an effort would be less costly -- no gallons of vanilla paint required -- and certainly more appreciated by the people of West Oakland.
Destroying art wins no friends, and it seems especially stupid to destroy art that served as a gentle reminder to passers-by of the value of creative compassionate thought and dialogue. We need dialogue and creativity to create peaceful and productive community.