RIPR News
6:29 am
Mon November 15, 2010

Old I-195 to come down in Providence...murals to go with it

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – An old section of Interstate 195 in Providence is coming down and with it one of the most recognizable pieces of public art in the capital city.


When a wrecking ball starts work on the obsolete section of Interstate 195 one of the city's most recognizable pieces of public art will be reduced to dust. It's a mural on an abutment wall on Wickenden Street.


It depicts copies of some of the world's most famous works of art including Pablo Picasso's Guernica and an interpretation of Leonardo DaVinci's Mona Lisa.


Lauren Bonetti, who lives in the neighborhood, had this reaction:


"Oh I'll miss it," she said. "I have passed through that place quite a few times and it's too bad to see it gone."


The mural is being demolished as part of a broader effort to do away with all the parts of Interstate 195 that have been replaced. The work is expected to free up 35 acres of prime downtown Providence real estate.

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