Mural mom offers compensation in order to keep mural

Cyrus Genier will paint over his mural if ordered by Duncan council, but he is still holding out hope that it can be saved. - Peter W. Rusland
Cyrus Genier will paint over his mural if ordered by Duncan council, but he is still holding out hope that it can be saved.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland

The mother of an artist who painted an illegal mural in Duncan is willing to pay a $500 donation to the arts council, in return for council allowing the artwork to stay.

Son Cyrus Genier did not have a city permit for his Community mural that was ordered to be removed through council's unanimous vote Oct. 15.

"I'm willing to put up the money," Nicolette Genier said. "Countless people have come forward to help us.

"I was leaving it to the Cowichan Green Community to make the official offer but put it out there on our facebook page."

But Councillor Sharon Jackson dismissed that unofficial offer, likening it to a bribe.

"It's like offering a bribe to the police when they catch you speeding,

"The knowingly broke the law. We don't reward that behaviour, or it would call into question every bylaw we have."

Jackson said Phoenix owners will get a letter explaining the mural must go.

She didn't know the exact date the art piece mus be gone.

Jackson was also unaware what and when fines can be levied for painting a mural without a permit, but pegged the fine at about $100.

The mural is on a parking-lot wall between the Phoenix Station Motor Inn — CGC's new home — and the Duncan Garage building where Genier owns the Community Farm Store.

The mural — supported by a 1,200-name petition to council — sparked council to accept the Cowichan Valley Arts Council's draft mural policy whereby proposed murals will be discussed by a committee.



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