Manchester street artist Akse was quick to restore his work.
After being discovered with racist graffiti defacing the much-loved mural of George Floyd this morning, the street artist responsible for the incredible work of art, Akse P19, has restored the mural to its former glory.
The mural, which stands on Stevenson Square in the Northern Quarter, was created in the wake of George Floyd’s death and is beloved as a statement in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. George Floyd was killed by a white police officer in May 2020, and his death sparked uproar across the globe – with many protesting against systematic and systemic racism which has led to the tragic deaths of many black civilians in the US alone.
Speaking of the restoration, Councillor Nigel Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “This morning we found that the George Floyd mural in Stevenson Square had been defaced with racist graffiti. It was a shocking act that has no place in our city.
“I’m happy to confirm that the artist who was responsible for the mural has already repaired the damage and restored the mural. A huge thank you for their quick action to put right a wrong that has rightly left many people disturbed that this behaviour exists in our society.
“We will continue to help Greater Manchester Police in their investigation and we are determined to bring the person who committed this crime to justice. I would urge anyone with information to get in touch.”
The council is continuing to work with the police, requesting information from the public and checking nearby CCTV footage to find who is responsible for the racist behaviour.