When Dallas Contemporary first contacted the Trinity Groves boys, asking if they'd consider letting Fairey dress up the empty walls of some West Dallas locations, the vision wasn't fully realized. "My partners had no idea who Shepard Fairey was," said Larry "Butch" MacGregor, who owns the property along with Phil Romano and Stuart Fitts. "The only reason I knew was because I had seen the movie Exit Through The Gift Shop."
Still, the group took a chance on a world famous, unknown kid.
- Hofmann Hot Dogs To Open Restaurant in Trinity Groves.
- Shepard Fairey Caught in the Act
Three buildings were lent for the project, all from Trinity Groves' richly growing collection of investment properties, which will eventually form "a cool fresh place for people to go to," according to Megan Lucas, the company's Chief Marketing Operator. But getting to that "cool fresh place" isn't without sacrifice. This week we saw the first Shepard Fairey mural fall in order to accommodate the new Hofmann's Hot Dogs, a '50s-style diner where folks will be able to dress their wieners with a variety of toppings.
The building at 340 Singleton needed windows added -- not to meet code criteria, but to provide a view of the bridge and let a little light in, and that required hacking into the artwork. Still, Butch says it hurt to see it go. "We hated to lose it, believe me, we loved it, but we knew probably at some point it would happen, and sure enough it did." More »