University repaints Vivimos mural in Atrium

Vivimos sports a new paint scheme courtesy of the FAB crew on Oct. 28. The walls have since been repainted to the taupe color of the rest of the Atrium vendors. DN PHOTO JONATHAN MIKSANEK
Vivimos sports a new paint scheme courtesy of the FAB crew on Oct. 28. The walls have since been repainted to the taupe color of the rest of the Atrium vendors. DN PHOTO JONATHAN MIKSANEK

The walls of Vivimos in the Atrium were painted beige Monday night after the dining hall closed, covering a graffiti-style mural that was recently painted.

Jon Lewis, Ball State Dining director, said in an email that they were “trying something a little different,” but did not like the end result.

The Fantastic Aerosol Brothers Crew, or FAB Crew, painted the mural that showed two luchadors smiling and eating a taco and a burrito from floor to ceiling.

“The graphic did not fit in well with the aesthetic in the building or across campus,” Lewis said. “So we simply decided to go back to a more traditional look that fits in better with our overall approach to campus facilities.”

Vivimos is not a separate business, but a university creation.

Member and spokesperson for FAB Crew Ben Long said in an email that they were informed that the work the company did for Ball State was covered up, but weren’t given a reason.

“All we were told was that a member of the administration took it upon themselves to have it removed without bringing it to anyone’s attention,” Long said. “We can’t comment specifically on the situation because we don’t know what happened.”

Before 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, the colorful mural was completely covered beige.

“Naturally, this is upsetting news to us,” Long said. “It’s never a good feeling when your hard work turns out to be a waste of everyone’s time.”

Lewis said he doesn’t anticipate the walls around Vivimos will remain beige, and instead that dining is “considering many options.”

“Our focus is to provide the best experience possible for our students and visitors,” Lewis said.

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