In the end, W.T. White alum Brent Herling never had to make good on his threat of a citizen's arrest. The unhappy neighbor, who smeared beige paint across the funky, half-mile long Forest Lane mural Herling and a rotating corps of more than 100 volunteers were busy restoring, never returned, cowed either by the prospect of encountering TI engineer/amateur artist Herling -- a man who once, single-handed, erased every spot of graffiti along a seven-mile stretch of Forest Lane -- on a dark sidewalk by the massive blowback the act of vandalism inspired.
That was at the beginning of June. Since then the restoration -- the Starship Enterprise's newly crisp transporter beams, the return of the giant armadillo's scales -- has been drama-free, the type of feel-good project that involves lots of paint-spattered children and good neighborly feelings all around. (Herling himself was responsible for a previous spot of controversy when he painted, on a long-blank section of wall with an image of SpongeBob SquarePants; this was seen as historically inaccurate, as SpongeBob did not exist when W.T. White students were painting the mural in 1976,)More »