Small spaces curator clears the air with LPD

Small Spaces continues art projects in Lafayette. (WLFI Photo)
Small Spaces continues art projects in Lafayette. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Despite having a painting removed after a complaint, the Small Spaces project in downtown Lafayette had artists out painting Friday.

The removal came after at least one police officer complained about an image of an officer in riot gear that was painted on the west wall of Sylvia’s Brick Oven in Lafayette.

Small Spaces curator Zach Medler met with Lafayette Police Chief Patrick Flannelly early Friday morning. Medler described the conversation as positive.

Medler said the artist that painted the officer in riot gear will be putting a new painting over the old one. He also said the artist’s intention was not to send a negative message about police.

“He’s a good guy, his father is a cop,” Medler said. “He wants to put something there that is in a positive light too.”

Medler says the artist may paint something different on the space.

“We are going to hopefully put a new piece there. Right now, I don’t know what it’s going to be but we want to put something there that is going to have a positive impact,” said Medler.

Medler also says rainy weather has put the project behind schedule this summer and their deadline may get extended. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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