August 27, 2014 12:17 am

WATCH: A slice of Vancouver Cambie Village’s history erased


WATCH: A little slice of history has disappeared and neighbors aren’t happy about it. As Randene Neill reports, the mural was destroyed without any prior warning.

Residents of one Vancouver neighbourhood are ticked off over the destruction of a well-known mural.

The mural called Faces of Vancouver was painted back in 2006.

The idea was to bring neighbours together by painting their faces on the wall of a store. It also raised money for charity.

But most of the mural at Cambie and 18th has now been torn down.

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The new tenant, JJ Bean, said they had to tear it down when they realized the wall was rotted, but neighbours are angry that they weren’t consulted.

They say it could have been saved instead of being torn away in chunks.

The artists who created the mural now lives in Ottawa and says she is deeply upset she wasn’t informed either.

“I felt like I had a sledgehammer to my chest,” says Teresa Waclawik. “I didn’t think anything like that would happen.”

John Neate with JJ Bean says they asked the city if they can remove the mural, and the city did not object.

Neate says they want to consult with the neighbourhood on what to do now.

As a first step, JJ Bean will hang a picture of the old mural in their new coffee shop, and they are hoping the neughbours will drop by.

With files from Randene Neill

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