Artist perplexed by removal of Peer to Pier mural
The pier that used to display Rodney Harper's Peer to Pier mural, part of the 2012 series, is now home to a new mural by Bernice Deakins, who applied to paint a pier as part of the 2013 series.
Artist Rodney Harper's Peer to Pier mural, shown here after its completion in 2012, depicted a riverboat, the state Capitol and the South Side Bridge. Though the mural was approved, and the artist paid, the city of Charleston later had the mural removed and replaced with a different one.
Shown here is the original design for Spencer-based artist Rodney Harper's Peer to Pier mural in 2012. Part of the city officials; rationale for removing the mural was that Harper added a purple border around the mural to make the colors in the design better stand out, something Harper said was approved by officials.
Spencer-based artist Rodney Harper receives a WSAZ "Hometown Hero" award for his work on one of the Peer to Pier murals in 2012. The city of Charleston would later sandblast his work off the mural and replace it with another mural, despite Harper having a contract for the mural.