A certain white wall on Center Street is clearly proving very inviting for street artists on the hunt for a fresh canvas.

The building on the corner of Center and Oxford, which will one day house the Berkeley Art Museum after it moves from its seismically unsafe home on Bancroft Way, has been used by a number of artists of late.

On Monday, two college students from out of town were carefully gluing black paper cutouts of butterflies to the Center Street side of the building.

“We are just doing it for fun,” said one who did not wish to be identified.

Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...

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  1. The building is owned by UC Berkeley, so campus funds are being used to clear the graffiti.  The previous poster is correct that the graffiti must be removed.

  2. The butterflies were pasted on with starch — they can peel off, don’t need to be painted over. And I am sure that the museum was planning on painting the building before they move in. This is not the same as spray paint and destruction.

  3. In case people don’t realize, I’d like to point out that not only are public funds are being wasted repeatedly painting over graffiti in this spot but Berkeley’s law enforcement is so lax on vandalism that students are coming from neighboring communities to vandalize Berkeley buildings.

    Yes, these butterflies (moths, actually) are cute. But they have to be removed and painted over, and doing that costs taxpayer money that could be better spent on other things.

    If these artists want exposure they should get shows in galleries rather than being able to count on sites like Berkeleyside publicizing their vandalism.