- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A 1,500-square-foot mural showcasing the collaborative work of Portland’s urban artists has been torn down as part of a local nightclub’s $9.1 million expansion project.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2bf2ade ) the Asylum nightclub’s famed graffiti wall, which had once served as an open canvas for street artists and taggers, was destroyed on Monday.

The demolition of one of Portland’s most frequented landmarks was part of the nearly 20-year-old concert venue’s quest to expand. The project will add a second floor to parts of the nightclub’s structure and expand the building back further into a rear parking lot.

The additional space will allow Asylum to hold more seated events with a larger capacity.

Asylum’s owners say a wall on the north side of the club will remain open to artists.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com


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