Mural News: Sandusky Portrait Repainted at Penn State, Sorel Caricatures Damaged at Waverly Inn

Mr. Sorel’s Waverly Inn mural has a book devoted to it. (Courtesy Pantheon)

It’s a big week for news about murals.

Over at Pennsylvania State University, in State College, Pa., artist Michael Pilato has just finished painting over the image of disgraced football coach Jerry Sandusky on a large mural that shows various members of the university community. Sandusky was found guilty on 45 counts of child sex abuse last week. The Associated Press has the story:

Sandusky was removed from the mural days after his arrest in November. But Pilato returned to the work on Sunday, painting in Dora McQuaid, a Penn State graduate who is a poet and an advocate for domestic and sexual violence victims and issues. The blue ribbon was added on Monday.

Also replacing Sandusky were two red handprints — one belonging to Ann Van Kuren, one of the 12 jurors who convicted Sandusky, and the other belonging to a sexual abuse victim.

Closer to home, an as-yet-unexplained fire at Graydon Carter’s Waverly Inn restaurant has damaged Edward Sorel’s iconic mural in one of its dining rooms. The piece includes caricatures of some 40 icons who have lived in and around Greenwich Village over the years, including Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock. The restaurant is currently closed for repairs.

DNAinfo got in touch with Mr. Sorel, who offers this bit of uplifting news: “Not to worry….What’s on the wall at Waverly is a reproduction of my drawings which they can easily reproduce again from their digital files.”

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