The mural was painted in July 2020 and destroyed by an “act of God” in July 2021.
The wall where a mural of George Floyd was painted on a Toledo, Ohio building collapsed on July 13.
The George Floyd mural on the side of this building at Summit and Lagrange has collapsed. No word yet on what may have caused the collapse. pic.twitter.com/2WxOSpwicc
— WTVG 13abc (@13abc) July 13, 2021
Toledo’s George Floyd mural at Summit and Lagrange collapsed today. A city building inspector says it was “just age. It just came away.” They had noticed it bowing recently. pic.twitter.com/pXcFqfznFc
— Kaitlin Durbin (@njKaitlinDurbin) July 13, 2021
A building inspector said that the collapse was likely just caused by the “natural deterioration” of an old building.
Hugh Koogan, a city building inspector, told our media partner the Toledo Blade the collapse was a result of natural deterioration and had noticed the middle of the wall bowing recently.
“It was just age. It just came away,” the inspector told the Blade.
Toledo Police were seen outside the building, which used to house the Mugshots Bar, setting up tape around the pile of bricks that once formed the artwork.
Source: WTGV 13 ABC
However, several witnesses say that the building was struck by lightning.
UPDATE: Witnesses have told authorities that the George Floyd mural was struck by lightning before it collapsed. https://t.co/u0QHZVh7Zp
— WTVG 13abc (@13abc) July 13, 2021
Early reports have indicated witnesses saw lightning strike the building, causing the collapse
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) July 14, 2021
The National Weather Service reported that there were storms in the area and ABC 13’s Doppler radar confirmed that there was a lightning strike on that block at approximately 4:30 pm.
The artist who painted the mural, however, is skeptical and thinks that it was an act of vandalism.
…David Ross — who painted the mural last year — told the Toledo Blade that he’s skeptical of the cause. Ross received threats last summer as he painted the mural, which makes him wonder if someone has now vandalized his work.
“When I did the mural, there was stuff on the wall that I couldn’t remove and that let me know how strong that structure was,” Ross said. “The lightning thing, that’s possible, but I know it didn’t just fall.”
Source: Fox 13
Still, it is rather strange that the other two murals seemed largely intact and it was the portion with George Floyd’s face that was completely destroyed.
Gee, maybe making an idol out of a convicted criminal is a bad thing.
Despite being a convicted felon, taking drugs, and caught attempting to break the law by passing off counterfeit currency, and resisting arrest, George Floyd has been elevated to the status of “saint” simply because of how he died.
Lightning had a good run but I regret to inform you it’s about to be called racist. Seriously though this sounds biblical. ? https://t.co/8L5ez6Iqln
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) July 14, 2021
*blasts Beethoven’s 9th* https://t.co/xGeIHQwrUj
— James Lindsay, getting one billion moms (@ConceptualJames) July 14, 2021
(Beethoven’s 9th Symphony would be “Ode to Joy” — but you probably already knew that.)
It’s almost like a higher power is telling us something.
When was the last time you heard of a brick building being destroyed by lightning? I am a builder and I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of it. https://t.co/6l1f2t9nd0
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 14, 2021
You shall not make for yourselves an idol… https://t.co/ca3Fn2Qzf2
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) July 14, 2021
Call me crazy but this might be a sign that you shouldn’t make a mural of a violent felon who forced his way into a woman’s home and robbed her at gun point https://t.co/SJEUrLEWGR
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) July 14, 2021
Best 'act of God' since fire from heaven showed those Baal worshippers what's what. ???https://t.co/oTSWevwmdE
— Scott Morefield (@SKMorefield) July 14, 2021
Our God is a jealous God.
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