UPDATE: Colorful murals stolen from construction site on Fourth Avenue

Two returned, one still missing

UPDATE: Colorful murals stolen from construction site on Fourth Avenue
The Historic Fourth Avenue Coalition said these three murals were stolen from a construction site located at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Sixth Street in Tucson. (Source: Historic Fourth Avenue Coalition)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Pieces of a community project created to spruce up Fourth Avenue during a major construction project have been stolen. Two have been returned, but one mural is still missing.

Last month, the Historic Fourth Avenue Coalition hosted “PaintStock" and more than 20 artists created giant canvas murals to hang over the fence surrounding a construction lot at Fourth Avenue and East Sixth Street.

Now, the coalition is asking for help to retrieve the remaining mural that was taken.

“We got two printed panels back,” the Historic Fourth Avenue Coalition said in a Facebook post. “We would still love to get the painted panels back. The artists worked so hard on those!”

A community member saw the two panels and bought from someone in her alley.

Shannon Riggs, co-owner of Pop-Cycle and the chair of the Historic Fourth Avenue Coalition, said three of the murals disappeared sometime between late Saturday, Aug. 31 and early Monday, Sept. 2.

Riggs said the ties used to fasten the murals to the fence were found cut on the ground.

Riggs said the coalition just wants them back, no questions asked. The artwork can be dropped off at Pop-Cycle, which is located at 422 N. 4th Avenue. Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call 520-622-3297.

Construction is underway at the site for The Union on Sixth, a seven-story housing complex with retail space. The Flycatcher, which was knocked down in July, once stood at the location.

You can stay updated on the construction project HERE.

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