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Vandals deface Bergen Place mural

Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on July 29th, 2016

The My Ballard team is sad to report that, yet again, vandals have tagged the Bergen Place mural with graffiti. Victoria from Friends of Bergen Place contacted us this morning to let us know the unfortunate news.

It is believed that the vandalism took place late on Wednesday night on in the early hours of Thursday morning.

“It took a minimum of three years to raise the $100,000 for that mural. This person or people have damaged it and caused a lot of work for volunteers in a few brief moments.  An utter testament to the lack of respect they have for art and someone else’s property,” says Victoria.

If anyone has any information relating to the vandalism contact us at or contact the Friends of Bergen Place online.

“We intend to prosecute if we can find the person. Seattle Parks has been notified and the Seattle Police as well,” says Victoria.

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20 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Brenda // Jul 29, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    If they truly spent $100 k on that mural, then they grossly overpaid for a mediocre piece of artwork.

    Someone must be lining their pockets, Victoria?

    That’s the real story here.

  • 2 LH // Jul 29, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Too bad this happened, but to be clear average citizens cannot prosecute (bring criminal charges) only prosecutors can do that based on collection of evidence from police that shows a high probability that a crime can be proven in court. Citizens can sue for civil damages.

  • 3 julie // Jul 29, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    They graffiti (and a lot of other things) because they know absolutely nothing will happen to them.

  • 4 sylvia // Jul 29, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Can you post a picture of the graffiti? Maybe somebody would recognize it.

  • 5 Bart // Jul 29, 2016 at 6:52 pm


    It’s generally a bad idea to post imagery of graffiti.

    That’s basically what the tagger wants– publicity.

    Just wash it off or paint over it and move on.

    Isn’t our garbage collection going up to take care of this very thing?

  • 6 Paulette larsen // Jul 29, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Welcome to the jungle.

  • 7 Bart // Jul 29, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    Yet one of the Nextdoor leads (hi Avril!) racially profiles a legitimate natural gas surveyor!

    Maybe you should welcome yourself to this fake jungle

  • 8 Biff Sparky // Jul 30, 2016 at 7:14 am

    @ Bart. Garbage rates are NOT there to clean up after bored white kids and their tantrums. Perhaps finding and finding their parents would change this. Perhaps taking this a bit more seriously would make a difference. Yet trivialization and hand rubbing just continues. And the city fines business owners if they don’t clean up after these punks. Makes sense to me

  • 9 Sam // Jul 30, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    There was a photo of a teenager caught in the act of tagging a Ballard resident’s retaining wall making its rounds on Facebook a week or so ago. It had hundreds of shares and then the photo was completely removed. Anyone know if that kid was identified?

  • 10 A // Jul 30, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    If valalism has been a repeat issue and they spent $100,000.00 to replace the mural, why didn’t they spend another $150 to use an anti-graffiti coating on it so they could wipe the graffiti off?

  • 11 Anonymous // Jul 30, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    All these comments are laughable. Sadly they are not some high school kids who did this, but grown ass men who should know better. @Biff how do u know they’re white? Pls put the race card away, its total bs. Like Bart said, its easily removable. If they catch them they should make them go around the city removing graffiti. It worked on me.

  • 12 yody // Jul 31, 2016 at 11:58 am

    $100,000 ???? really? $100,000? Uff da!

  • 13 Ruth Berge // Jul 31, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    $100,000 is very reasonable if you think for just a few seconds about the fair cost of labor and paint. As an artist, comments about the artistic quality of the work seem somewhat misplaced. The mural is a record of the early Norwegian settlers here in Ballard. Maybe a large plastic cover could be affixed for future protection?

  • 14 Phil Greely // Jul 31, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    It’s terrible when something that belongs to all of us is destroyed. Hopefully, we’ll be able to deter these vandals from doing the same thing again.

  • 15 Whitey McWhite // Aug 2, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    @11 How do we know they’re white? Gimme a break, all the trouble around is caused by white people. Drug addicts, Greenhood meth heads and old school Ballard trailer trash or Crown Hillbillies and their semi-literate offspring who can’t even get a job at Jiffy Lube. You can guarantee the ones who do this are from the latter group.

  • 16 Serrailer // Aug 3, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Who should we work with to get the mural fixed? Do we need to set up a Kickstarter or similar to raise funds? Perhaps add something that might protect it for the future?

  • 17 Tired of your $h!t // Aug 4, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    LOL @ Whitey McWhite, maybe I personally know them. Race should have nothing to do with why someone did this. And what are you doing to help stop this “trouble” you speak of? Why not leave if “Ballard trailer trash” bothers you?

  • 18 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Aug 6, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    I missed seeing the vandalism, but walked by the mural yesterday and it looks OK now.

  • 19 brock bork // Aug 15, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    FYI – I am selling murals for $99,000. Pretty good deal, given the current going prices for murals. Please contact me at 800! 800! 8553. Where your credit is guaranteed.

  • 20 JP // Aug 20, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Once again Brenda Stewart defends those who would destroy civic life. She is an enemy of what was before her, with automatic disrespect for that which honors those who built what she now walks upon, and the good life she now lives in.

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